Kama La Mackerel “Race” is a Drag, performance, Montréal, 2012.
Photo : Elisha Lim, courtesy of the artist

Kama La Mackerel draws on her own experience to make her works into a means of self-affirmation and of challenging the status quo. For La Mackerel, a racialized trans woman, art is a matter of survival, a vehicle for overcoming and healing from everyday violence, but also a way of tackling and defusing racist and trans-misogynous systems. If one were to identify two central motifs in her work, resilience and resistance would probably take centre stage, for her art can be both gentle and hard, a balm and a weapon.

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