CANCELED: SKYNSUIT, Dia Dear, DVVSK, and Peekaboo Jenkins: Little Strangers
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Little Strangers, a collection of the seminal early comic works of Edie Fake, establishes the content and provides the title for a new collaborative work by performance and movement artists Dia Dear, SKYNSUIT (Bashir Naim and Shamu Azizam), and DVVSK. Accompanied by cellist Peekaboo Jenkins, they explore and unfold a movement language to rectify displacement and marginality and extend new considerations for the queer body.
Dia Dear’s performance art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites. They use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create emotionally visceral and visually fascinating images through live performance. They are educated in performance and dance by extensive participation in San Francisco’s diverse drag community since 2011. Their work has been featured in various festivals and curated shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York as well as internationally.
SKYNSUIT is formed by the brain swelling of Shamu Azizam and Bashir Naim—two lovers not brothers—currently based in Joshua Tree, California. They have individually and collectively collaborated or performed with Rafa Exparza, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Ryan Heffington, Doug Jones, Sia, Millie Brow, Mykki Blanco, Edie Fake, and more.
Rawny “DVVSK” S. is a California native based in Los Angeles. They’ve grown up in the dance community with sixteen years of company dance/movement training in jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and Afro-fusion. Through working professionally for other artists in concerts and music visuals, they’ve found their love of conceptualizing and producing performances to inspire others through music, experimental movement, and performance art.
San Francisco–based cellist Peekaboo Jenkins creates soundscapes of pain, love, passion, and vulnerability. Best known for collaborations with movement-based performers, they seek to sonically fill a space within you that holds parts of nostalgia and ideas of the future with the resonance of multilayered tones, harmonies, and textures.