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Archive: Christopher Udemezue

When the media hype around new queer hip hop artists reached its peak last year, many journalists and bloggers highlighted House of Ladosha in line with artists such as LE1F and Mykki Blanco, assuming that the name stands solely for a music act. But it would be a mistake to reduce the New York based collective to its music, even if the music created and performed by Ladosha members Dosha Devastation and Cunty Crawford Ladosha is the most visible part of the collective.
Nevertheless, “Ladosha” stands for a group of individual artists and performers, who in their own way continue the concept of the “house” as it emerged from the Ballroom community as a way of opposing traditional ideas of family and “the home”. The concept of “house” is meant in a more abstract way. It is about a state of mind, about friendship and shared interests such as music, art and fashion, with house members who all question and transform stereotypical ideas of race, sexuality and gender in their own creative ways.
New Yorkers now have the possibility to explore the Ladosha world through an exhibition at Superchief gallery, which will open on Thursday. “The Whole House Eats” curated by artist and Ladosha member Christopher Udemezue aka Neon Christina Ladosha will feature artwork, video and photography by the members of the Ladosha family, as well as a live performance by Dosha Devastation and Cunty Crawford Ladosha, who will perform at the opening. If you want to know what awaits you can check out the video below or the exhibition tumblr, as well as the Ladosha soundcloud page, where they just recently posted a new track entitled “9 or 11″. For a more theoretical introduction to the exhibition and the galleries opening hours check out the Superchief website.

“The Whole House Eats”, February 7th to 14th at Superchief Gallery at Culturfix, 9 Clinton Street, New York.

The following performance video by New York based artist Christopher Udemezue (aka Neon Ladosha) was shot in June, where he performed in conjunction with this year’s Queerin’ Queens pride event at the Queens Museum of Art, hosted by the queer film series CIMEROSA. The live piece was based on an installation video by the artist, which consists of elements of the “It Gets Better” video by Jamey Rodemeyer (a 14 year old, who took his life at the age of 14 after being bullied), and a horrible lynching video which went viral under the title They did this to him because he was gay!” (- it shows how a man gets set on fire by a mob, supposedly in Nigeria). During the performance, the video is partially projected on the artist, who is at first dressing up and putting on make up, while carefully examining him/her-self and the audience in front of a mirror. In the second part of the performance he/she pulls the viewer’s attention further away from the projection, moving dance to a distorted version of the reggae classic “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy. But watch yourself.