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TO MARCH 21
Tiik Pollet is not just the originator of the deliciously subversive Tiikburger at the old Food for Thought. As a 17-year-old, Pollet jammed with venerable labia rockers Bebe K’Roche in California before moving back to D.C., where she played with Toshi Reagon and began to study photography at the Corcoran. Those who’ve missed her musical presence (or have hungered for her burger) over the past few years will not begrudge her absence from the scene when they see the striking black-and-white images that make up her thesis show, “Girls Will Be Boys.” (An untitled work is pictured.) Pollet says that the show is devoted to “[p]eople born female who are transgendered, gender-queer, genderbenders, pre- and post-op transsexuals, butches, dragkings, and those who prefer no gender labels.” Using only available light and shooting mostly in parks, alleys, and institutional hallways at night, Pollet conjures a glamorous world of grainy girls with exaggerated swaggers: A loose-fitting white tank top reveals a huge tattoo on a muscular arm; a brooding tough showily smokes a cigarette, body positioned in the frame boldly and slightly off-kilter. Pollet’s show succeeds best with images such as these, which pick apart archetypes and caricatures of masculinity as they play with the enduring imagery of seduction. The show is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, to Sunday, March 21, at the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s Hemicycle Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $5. (202) 639-1700. (Bidisha Banerjee)