Queens Of Eastern Europe

Drag Queens have been in the public eye for many years, be it the entertainment scene or the political one. Over the decades past, the protagonists of this glamorously rebellious subculture have transcended its underground roots, and, with shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” making waves around the globe, become a part of mainstream popular culture.

Nevertheless, the Eastern European fraction remains a few steps behind, its existence a secluded one. Compared to the rest of the continent, their LGBT+ community is wanting, with people still facing blatant discrimination and harassment because of their sexual orientation or identity.

Through his series, Queens of Eastern Europe, the German photographer and Filmmaker Sebastian Franke, seeks to explore what the drag scene of the former Eastern Bloc looks like today. Asking how the region’s social, political and cultural past influences the queen’s approach to their praxis, he gains insight into the lives of drags queens from Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Serbia and the Ukraine.

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