Vaginal Creme Davis is a revolutionary drag terrorist, subversive symposium headliner at universities around the world, revered cult icon and the intersex doyenne of performance and media art. Her diverse body of work bluntly resists any mode of real definition. From her musical contribution to the queercore movement to multifarious videos and performances, and her irreverent sculptures, paintings, writings, performances and even operas, it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to Davis’ artistic output. Perhaps what’s most captivating is her ability to survive and thrive in phobic majoritarian spheres like punk scenes, despite never once conforming to any phantasm of prescribed normativity. – Another
Legendary artist and punk icon Vaginal Davis will recreate her poetic meditative performance from New York’s The New Museum that was part of the Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon exhibition. Davis’ vivacious work deploys radical politics, makeshift aesthetics and wicked humor in powerful artworks spanning a variety of mediums, from music and performance to painting, sculpture and film.
In the late 1970s, as the frontwoman for the punk/performance group The Afro Sisters, Davis drew inspiration from Angela Davis and the Black Panthers. Her unique brand of punk/blaxploitation aesthetics—deemed “drag terrorism” by the late scholar Jose Esteban Munoz revels in a refusal to be recuperated by the mainstream. Miss 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. Disrupting the cultural assimilation of gay-oriented and corporate-friendly drag, she positions herself at an uncomfortable tangent to the conservative politics of gay culture, mining its contradictory impulses to interrupt the entrenchment of its assimilatory strategies. A self-labeled “sexual repulsive,” Ms Davis consistently refuses to ease conservative tactics within gay and black politics, employing punk music, invented biography, insults, self-mockery, and repeated incitements to group sexual revolt — all to hilarious and devastating effect.
By renewing uncertainties within alternative cultures and identities, Vaginal Davis opens up spaces for their continual struggle towards renewed and greater challenges, over and against these practices’ timid appeasement and appropriation by the mainstream. – Dominic Johnson, Frieze Magazine
Vaginal Davis is a performer and visual artist born in Los Angeles, who has resided in Berlin since 2005.
Vaginal Davis will perform at St. Elisabeth Kirche on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 @ 8:15 p.m.