Absolutely Queer – Creators
Creativity is expression, and for these Absolutely Queer artists, their creative works have led to a deeper understanding of themselves. Whether they’re plumed in feathers, sparkled in glitter or using found objects to build mythical worlds, their intricate costumes and masks tell stories that explore identity.
Having performed all over the world throughout their 30-year career, Sexy Galexy is a glitz, glam, masc, femme, muscle flexing, more-of-a-woman-when-I’m-a-man Man.
A true pioneer, Galexy was the original drag king ‘GlamourBoi’, influencing the modern glamour drag king by moving away from male impersonation.
Renè Rivas arrived in Australia in the 1980s from El Salvador via the Refugee Family Reunion program. Soon after arriving, Sydney legend Peter Tully took Rivas under his wing in the Mardi Gras workshop.
Since then, Rivas has worked as a costume designer in theatre, cabaret and film, creating costumes for major events such as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, and international films.
His acclaimed career has seen him work with the likes of Sydney icons Peter Tully, Doris Fish, Ron Muncaster and Jeanne Little, and receive several awards including the SGLMG Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) and the Ron Muncaster Costume Award (2002).
In 1986, Rivas founded the Latin American LGBTQA Community and Friends group aimed at promoting multiculturalism, diversity, human rights, inclusion and social equality, and he continues to be an advocate for transgender youth, survivors of discrimination, abuse and religious persecution.
Justin Shoulder is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, costume, queer parties, sculpture, video and community events. Justin’s alter personas use costumes and prothesis to queer ancestral myths. They use their body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences.
Absolutely Queer is an exhibition celebrating contemporary queer creativity for Sydney WorldPride 2023. The exhibition celebrates Sydney’s leading queer creatives who are reshaping attitudes towards their community through their work, creative processes and personal stories. Absolutely Queer features costumes, design, artworks, fashion, activism and multimedia.