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Truly polymorphous, the work of the Brooklyn-based artist and activist Narcisisster encompasses a variety of disciplines and media, from performance art to dance, film to experimental music, photography to video art. Identity has been a theme of central importance to her art ever since she broke onto the scene in 2007 with her debut solo performance. That’s why she keeps her real name secret and always appears in public with her face hidden behind a mask – as she has explained, this anonymity allows her artistic persona “to claim who she is on her own terms”. 

Playful, provocative and uncompromising, Narcissister’s artistic explorations of gender, sexual and racial identity dismantle normative categories and conventions, inviting her public to take account of their own preconceptions and envisage a future defined not by rigid definitions, but by individual freedom and mutability. She has performed and exhibited in the most varied of venues – from New York’s MoMA PS1 to the Las Vegas stage of America’s Got Talent – garnering numerous awards in the process. At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, she premiered her first feature film, the autobiographical documentary Narcissister Organ Player.

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