First Drag Show at Chautauqua School of Art: Genesis, 2019

Total run time 10:36, excerpt run time 5:27 The official documentation of ‘Genesis’ consists of a 10-minute sequence of still photographs, taken by resident artist Michelle Girardello, with accompanying audio by Jon Manases Hernandez. Hernandez composed the audio introduction from…

First Drag Show at Chautauqua School of Art: Genesis, 2019

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Total run time 10:36, excerpt run time 5:27

The official documentation of ‘Genesis’ consists of a 10-minute sequence of still photographs, taken by resident artist Michelle Girardello, with accompanying audio by Jon Manases Hernandez. Hernandez composed the audio introduction from recordings of Chautauqua lectures in the institution’s archives, and transitioned into music that he composed during the time in residence at VACI. The audio thus references the history of the institution and the insertion of a new chapter by YFFY and fellow artist residents.

YFFY were producers and directors of the project.

The photographs capture moments from set-building, dress rehearsal, show preparation (in studios converted to dressing rooms), costuming, and the show.

YFFY aims to generate more avenues for creative collaboration, and will experiment with new ideas and formats in the coming months and whilst in residence.

Photo credit: Michelle Girardello
Video edit: YFFY
Audio: Jon Manases Hernandez