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  • Architecture in Drag

    Anhuar FARAH, "Architecture in Drag."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    advisor: Florencia PITA.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Anhuar FARAH: The drag queen is a self-identified man who has no desire to live as a woman nor become a woman, yet mocks hyper-femininity and ridicules female gender stereotypes. . . .

    Drag dressing is considered a transgression because of its ability to inhabit and mock contradicting ideas.To transgress is to go beyond the boundaries set by law, discipline or conventions. Transgressing can cast new light on what is considered as the norm, and through doing so both re-energizes and prompts a definition of the new.

    This thesis uses the concept of drag as a way to transgress architecture in order to create a new whole which exaggerates and mocks the stereotypes of the two contradicting architectures. Through years architecture and societies have been built upon standards, stereotypes and rules. The new whole, created through the idea of drag, will form extravagances of these stereotypes by going beyond the boundaries set by the past conventions.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AF: Drag Queens, Florencia Pita, and David Ruy.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AF: Reading George Bataille, Story of the Eye; listening to Maria Felix interviews; and watching Cindy Sherman, Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AF: Pita Bloom, MAD architects, Morphosis, and Hernan Diaz Alonso.

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