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Iqrar Rizvi

The Sisters of Distress are Penny Pennitration (Natalie Nadeau) and Jubeleena Bing-Bing (Iqrar Rizvi) is a duo-collective that combines the abject and pathetic with contemporary drag performance. In the painting, the Portrait of the Sisters of Distress (2015) was inspired by the famous portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses sœurs (1594). From their gesture we were inspired to create our own drag portrait to symbolize our forged familial bond and legitimize our relationship as drag sisters – giving life to our alter-ego personas. We embrace the pathetic and abject not only in drag appearance, also in order to interrogate the expectations and conventions of performing to disturb the audience.