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Mika Diva

New Zealand

WENDY VAIGRO

In carnivalising gender identities as a barometer of mainstream cultural attitudes, the androgynous performance artist Mika plays with gender confusion, spinning out sexual indeterminacy in a web of references which capture the audience. Mika pushes the boundaries of traditional cabaret, wearing revealing costumes of satin and sequins or feathers and lace, designed by Pacific Sisters, and six-inch heels which he can indeed dance in, to the point where 'the relations of desire to fantasy and its mobility are foregrounded'.1

MIKA, Goddess II, 1995. Photograph Arian Hoeflak.

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