All the World's a Stage

It's Elle Per├ęz's world, and we're just living it in.

It’s not a cliche to say that the trajectory of Elle Pérez ’11 (Photography BFA) has been meteoric. In a handful of years, they’ve had solo shows at MoMA PS1 and the Carnegie Museum of Art, taken part in the Whitney Biennial and an exhibition guest curated by Tilda Swinton for Aperture, to name just a few.

And in 2022, Pérez’s work — which visualizes the complexities of gender identity and is imbued with a profound sense of care for their subjects — seems to be everywhere, including a solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the 59th International Venice Biennale, and a group show at the Whitney Museum this fall. The artist was also recently named one of six winners of this year’s coveted Rome Prize.

Audiences in Baltimore can currently see Pérez’s work in Devotions, which runs at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 19, 2023. The works are presented as an immersive experience, connecting the John Waters Rotunda and adjacent galleries.

In Italy, their work can be seen in The Milk of Dreams — on view through November 26, 2022 in the Central Pavillion at the 59th International Venice Biennale.

And this fall, they will take part in the Whitney Museum’s no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria. Organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the category 5 storm that devastated the island, the exhibition features the work of more than fifteen artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora, and runs from November 23, 2022 through April 23, 2023.

Stripped to the waist, a drag performer stands in a stairwell wearing a hair net, tights, and makeup.
A subject with long hair in tight black leather pants, a semi-sheer black crop top, and a fur boa poses on steps.
Stripped to the waist, a drag performer stands in a stairwell wearing a hair net, tights, and makeup.

Sophia Campbell Backstage at Club Hippo, Baltimore

Stripped to the waist, a drag performer stands in a stairwell wearing a hair net, tights, and makeup.

Artist
Elle Perez
Date
2014
Medium
Photograph
Credit

Photo courtesy of the artist.

A subject with long hair in tight black leather pants, a semi-sheer black crop top, and a fur boa poses on steps.

Untitled, Club Paradox, Baltimore

A subject with long hair in tight black leather pants, a semi-sheer black crop top, and a fur boa poses on steps.

Artist
Elle Perez
Date
2014
Medium
Photograph
Credit

Photo courtesy of the artist.

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