Installation made of clothes, purses, wigs, shoes, prosthetics and objects borrowed from members of The House of Hopelezz.
Installation made of clothes, purses, wigs, shoes, prosthetics and objects borrowed from members of The House of Hopelezz. The wall creates a shelter-like refuge and tells stories of queer familyhood.
As the oldest drag house in the Netherlands, The House of Hopelezz is inhabited by a huge number of drag queens, burlesque dancers, worldwide sluts, drag kings and performance artists from all over the world. Traditionally, transgender queens and drag queens have taken homeless queer kids in – given them a home, making them part of their drag house. Today the concept of a drag house has become more of a saying than a reality. Queens from The House of Hopelezz do not necessarily live together, but they come together to work and support each other.
A House of Hope is an installation in which the garments are woven together in a wall piece that relates to the safety network that a drag house can offer. The work examines the fundamentals of creating a performative identity. By taking the outfits and objects out of the clubs, the work expands the notions of house, family, queerness and belonging.
A special thanks to Club Church, The House Of Hopelezz, House of Løstbois and to my sisters; Jennifer Hopelezz, Taka Taka, Lady Bag, Aryelle Freeman Hopelezz, Sasa Hara, Indie Nile, Banana Mouskouri, Dynno Dada, Bustie La Tish, Hellena Mirrix, Angelina Loqui, Grizolda, Sletlana, LatinX Charm, Jiji Jitsu and Guillaume Lamour for donating the clothes.