Alter-Egos, Doppelgangers, and Split Personalities Series

Festivals: M:ST 4 Biennial | October 3 - 17, 2008.

Performance artist Margaret Dragu (aka Lady Justice) writes: “Artists have been dressing up in funny costumes since Cabaret Voltaire in 1916. And artists have re-created or paid homage to these and other seminal performances as a place to respond and develop a performance aesthetic.” The use of costumes and alternate personae has long been a feature of performative practices & often allowing the artist to express ideas and infiltrate spaces that they would not otherwise be able to.

Through the use of costumes and props, the artists in this series perform as invented alter-egos or exaggerated versions of themselves. Using performance personae that both amplify and disguise aspects of the person behind the mask, they investigate ideas of identity, celebrity, fantasy, and history.