Oneg team met one of the most eccentric avant-garde drag queens out there: HUNGRY.

She performed at q|LAB opening season party last friday and it was a total success. We couldn’t let her leave without having a small talk with her, so here you go.

Hello Hungry, tell us a bit about your story: how is Hungry born?

It started casually, it started as a hobby really. I started going out to clubs and parties ‘as Hungry’ and people liked it and offered me to perform. And people liked that even more.

How would you describe Hungry´s persona?

I would not define myself exactly as a ‘persona’. I love creating and I love experimenting, I just try to portray another reality [than the everyday one] in a show performance. I try to show a different life that could be real for a while in a different reality besides ours.

So, how did you develop your make-up and personification techniques?

Well, now, I’m a make-up artist *laugh*. When I started this route, I was very feminine. I then moved to London, where I started playing and experimenting with new moments, I developed new techniques, but it took a very long and natural process with different steps over quite some time to get this ‘casual’.

What is the aesthetical concept you have as Hungry?

I don’t have a clear answer for this question. I just keep doing my face, changing a bit, look by look but I mostly follow my outfits or the things I glue on my face. I always know visually talking what the look has to look (both outfit and face). Now I am doing my normal ‘hungry face’, but I could say that sometimes I am very inspired a lot by religion and insects.

What is the best part about being able to do what you do?

The best part is getting to travel and meet a lot of different people quite everyday. I also love seeing the appreciation and sometimes estimation of people.

That is so nice, but artistically talking, has Berlin performing scenes affected your repertoire?

I started there, even though I did most of my performances in London. It’s two very different situations, in London there were a lot of rehearsed dance production – Berlin is a little more free and raw. It is a good stage to experiment in total freedom; doing basically whatever you’d like to do. There isn’t a big commercial drag culture there, which makes it a good playground to create without struggling with money that much.

Let’s get a little bit more into your world. What is your vision of current Drag Queen performing arts, and how do you relate to it?

Well, for me, the drag world is getting more artistic than it used to be. If you put more effort in the whole performance, you can get people to think and laugh, maybe even cry, rather than just doing a normal lipsync. They will appreciate you giving more as a performer. I would love to see more concepts on stage.

We are coming to an end, where do you see Hungry in 10 years? And how do you see Drag shows in the future?

I love to see myself year by year, focusing on the present projects – you can never know *laugh*, but of course I would love to keep doing what I am doing at the moment.
Yes, Drag is going quite commercial and therefore losing a lot of its originality, because people just like to see the queens they’ve seen on TV and are not necessarily open to a wider spectrum of artists. Not everyone’s goal is to be on television, it’s just the most capitalized option, which is fair of course, but you shouldn’t have that discredit other kinds of drag.

HUNGRY

An interview by Stefano Riva & Ferdi Montenegro

Video took by Stefano Riva