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Max Markwald Exhibition - "Drag Portraits"

Presented by Akron Soul Train at Akron Soul Train, Akron OH

Jan 06 2021
Feb 06 2021
Max Markwald Exhibition - "Drag Portraits"

Max is an out trans artist fascinated with the Drag world and its loud, proud celebration of gender.

In Max’s words, “For me, gender often feels like heaviness. I have been denied healthcare, denied health insurance, harassed in public, and had my job threatened for being queer.  At a time when gay marriage was illegal, Summit County Probate Court commissioned me for a painting to be displayed above the desk where couples sign their marriage licenses. As an out trans man I donated artwork to Valor Home, a homeless veterans shelter, at a time when there is a ban on transgender people serving in our military. Ohio State IDs have no gender option for non-binary. US Passports have no gender option for non-binary. Federal law does not adequately or explicitly protect the transgender community. And so there is this heaviness.”

Max pulled from his connection with Cleveland Kings Action Pack (CKAP) and is featuring some of its members in this exhibition.  CKAP is a radical drag organization focused on charity work and activism.  As Macho Grande puts it, “Drag is always activism.

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Akron Soul Train

191 King James Way, Akron, OH 44308


Parking is available on the street or in the connected Summit County Parking Garage.  Akron Soul Train Gallery is located in the Ohio Building.

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