Partner Programme

16 — 24 Sept 2023


V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road

(The Photography Centre, Room 99, The Meta Media Gallery )




Commissioned for the newly re-opened Photography Centre, Jake Elwes’ The Zizi Show explores the ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a deepfake drag cabaret.

Although viewed by some as flawlessly neutral, AI applications often show discriminatory behaviour because the datasets they rely on reflect the bias of their human programmers. Elwes observed that computer systems ‘have difficulty recognising trans, queer and other marginalised identities’, which can cause them to visibly break down. For The Zizi Show, Elwes looks to drag to expose and subvert this bias. Supported by the Manitou Fund.