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Keiko Hiromi
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Keiko Hiromi, Katya and Chris from the series Jacques Cabaret, Archival Digital Print,

Artist Statement
Jacques Cabaret (est. 1931) is one of the oldest drag queen venues in Boston. In 2007, as I sat with my friend waiting for the drag show to commence, I sipped on my vodka and listened to the obnoxious bachelorette parties that surrounded us.

The lights were dim, the music started, and the opening number began. As I watched these really tall women work the stage and interact with the audience, I was blown away by their raw and uncut power.

Off and on, over the past five years, I frequented Jacques to make photographs of the women. After seeing their stage show, I was really interested in capturing them behind the scenes—the making of a drag queen. One weekend when I didn’t make it to a performance, one of the girls said to me, “Keiko, you missed your routine last week.” I was really happy to hear that; the girls now refer to me as their Ninja photographer.

I have been afforded the opportunity to get to know the queens and the people at Jacques, not just as subjects but also as individuals. The spotlight continues to shine on them through my photographs.

Artist Bio
Keiko Hiromi is a Japanese photographer based in Boston and Tokyo, Japan. She enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, and finding new photography projects. She is locally represented by Panopticon Gallery.