Apr 29th 2013

Since the 1970s, Vaginal Davis has stretched the boundaries of performance art, music, writing, and videography throughout her career. This gender-queer, art-music icon made her first appearances in Los Angeles’s club scene. She has since traveled internationally critiquing conventional and alternative mores through various presentations and concept bands such as Cholita! The Female Menudo and the Afro Sisters. She champions terrorist drag, a performance aesthetic interrupting the cultural assimilation of commercial or mainstream drag characteristics. Davis has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, as well as festivals including Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles; Berlin International Film Festival, and Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown Festival, London.

Image Credit: Vaginal Davis Performing in Daddy. Directed by Ron Athey and written by Travis Jeppeson. Photo by Christophe Chemin. Berlin, 2009.

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