Laganja Estranja sashays into Pamm

Laganja Estranja
Photo courtesy of Jay Jackson

Laganja Estranja (Jay Jackson), the choreographer, drag queen and activist known for her quotable turn on RuPauls Drag Race, will bring the art of drag into the Pérez Art Museum Miami (Pamm) on 20 September for Pamms Third Thursday: Poplife Social YoungArts Takeover. “Drag and museums—they dont necessarily go together as of yet—but they will,” she says. “And I do believe drag is an art form that should be recognised by [institutions].” Part of her three-week residency this month at National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Laganja will invite museumgoers onto Pamms terrace to warm up their dance muscles, “sissy that walk” (“walk in their own individual way”) across the space and participate in a fan dance inspired by traditional Japanese performance, using fans made by YoungArts programme participants. Laganja, who has previously performed at Nottingham Contemporary, has her sights set on her “favourite Museum in the entire world”, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. “Ive always dreamed of doing a site-specific work in their garden.” Art, she says, is about the beautiful, politics and history. “Drag has all three of those.”

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