Exhibit Showcases Drag Queens

10/26/11 12:50PM By Jane Lindholm
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Photographer Evie Lovett with two of her subjects: Mike Powers (Candi) and Mark Hermon May (Mama)

An exhibit currently on display at the Folklife Center in Middlebury brings to life a scene few of us get to see: the transformation of male performers into larger than life drag queens. Westminster West photographer Evie Lovett spent a couple of years taking photographs at a now defunct gay bar in Dummerston that had a popular monthly drag show. The resulting photographs and accompanying audio profiles of the performers have become the show "Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co."

VPR's Jane Lindholm talks with Lovett about the exhibit and hears from two of the performers she profiled: Mike Powers, who lives in Orange, Massachusetts, and brings to life a character called Candi, and Mark Hermon May, who performs as Mama. They describe what working on this project was like, and why it was important to reveal these moments of transformation on camera.

Photos: Evie Lovett





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Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co. at the Vermont Folklife Center
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