Narcissister’s performances blow up the patriarchal bridge between the simultaneous objectification and policing of female bodies. A fearless persona whose many reference points span contemporary dance to porn, through works such as as a reverse striptease in which clothing emerges from “her” body, Narcissister just as frequently breaks open popular forums. TMZ melted down over Narcissister as Marilyn Manson’s crotchless companion, she received an all-thumbs-up rave on America’s Got Talent, and The Huffington Post hailed her masked activist as the first Topless Feminist Superhero.
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer with a professional background as a modern dancer trained by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. The work pushes roles of gender, race, and sexuality through spectacle-rich projects that explode boundaries of representation. She was a featured performer at The Box, New York, and has presented work at Deitch Projects, Glasslands Gallery, and The New Museum, all in New York. Narcissister was also a re-performer of Marina Abramovic’s Luminosity in the groundbreaking retrospective The Artist is Present at MoMA, New York. This is her first performance in the Bay Area.
Narcissister, Untitled Self-Portrait (Black Tape), 2012, Courtesy of the artist