In August, the Chicago Reader published an article on Chicago’s Black drag queens. The piece was written by SAIC graduate student KT Hawkbaker-Krohn (MA 2017) who profiled SAIC undergraduate and drag performer Itunuoluwa Ebijimi (BFA 2018).
Ebijimi, who performs under the name “Petty Crocker” spoke about her experiences as a cisgender woman who performs drag as a means of “caricaturing the impossible expectations of femininity and masculinity and blurring them.”
In the article, Ebijimi discusses how drag relates to art making: “There’s something about creating your image. Drag is so interdisciplinary—it’s got fashion, performance, photography, and sculpture.”
The article, titled “Chicago’s black drag queens are upholding a radical gender blending tradition” and the photo essay that accompanies it can be read online at the Chicago Reader.