Who is Ms. Vaginal Davis?

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June 2010
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This is Ms. Vaginal Davis.
 

Performative LECTURE with Ms. Vaginal Davis
"Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo--Black Screen Images, Vaginal Davis and the Notion of Freakiness"

UdK Berlin Hardenbergstr.33 on June 8th. At 7:30 room 110

"Davis [ist] im Grunde genommen global die entscheidende Drag Queen, die dem Genre nach Punk und neben Vogueing noch etwas Wesentliches hinzugefĆ¼gt hatte." Diedrich Diederichsen, Theater Heute Jahrbuch, 2001.

Vaginal Davis is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a gender-queer art-music icon. Her concept bands -- including Pedro Muriel and Esther, Cholita! The Female Menudo, black fag, and the Afro Sisters -- have left an indelible mark on the development of underground music. Like Ron Athey, Ms Davis made her name in LA's club performance scene, and has earned herself a similar notoriety as a cultural antagonist and erotic provocateur.

Set apart from gallery-centered art, and Hollywood movies, and from those systems' necessities of high-polish, low-substance production, Vaginal Davis's low-budget -- often no-budget -- performance, experimental film and video practice has critiqued exclusionary conceits from the outside. Davis has been a prolific producer of club performance, video and Xerox-produced Zines, and other forms of antagonistic low-cost, high-impact work. Such as in her drag reconstruction of Vanessa Beecroft's Navy SEALs performance, Ms Davis derails collector-friendly raciness in spectacles of femininity, queerness and blackness. She critiques both the gallery system and the larger cultural trend that it mirrors, with tongue-in-cheek self-exploitation and rude provocations of racial and gender confusion.

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