This week, we present a list of four contemporary artists from the LGBTQIA+ community, compiled as part of an interview with artist Ian Bertolucci.
In that interview, Ian wrote of his experience as a non-binary person in the art world:
“My main mission is to be a presence and a voice for the queer/trans/non-binary community. What I see is that very often there’s not a conversation about that, and the non-binary/trans presence in the art world is almost non-existent.”
To that end, here are four contemporary artists whom Ian believes deserve more attention:
1. Arca (Alejandra Ghersi)
Alejandra Ghersi Rodríguez aka Arca is a Venezuelan musician, singer, composer, rapper, record producer, and DJ based in Barcelona, Spain. She has released eight studio albums and worked with artists such as Björk, FKA Twigs, and Frank Ocean.
2. Sasha Velour
Sasha Velour is an American drag queen, artist, actor, and stage and television producer, based in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for winning the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, her drag revue NightGowns, and her one-queen theatrical work, Smoke & Mirrors.
3. Violet Chachki
Violet Chachki is the stage name of Paul Jason Dardo, an American drag queen, burlesque/aerial performer, content creator, model, and recording artist best known for winning the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
4. Johannes Jaruraak aka Hungry
Johannes Jaruraak is a drag queen from Berlin, Germany known for her distorted makeup persona, Hungry. She describes her drag as being “therapeutic”, first as a coping mechanism, but now an outlet for her creativity; her own way of changing the world.