As a child, Dana Michel wrapped a yellow towel around her head, trying to look like the blonde girls at her school. Reaching back in time, she now delves into the imaginary world of her youthful alter ego. Yellow Towel is a ritual performance, averse to self-censorship. With a mix of seriousness and absurdity, Michel digs into the stereotypes that exist around ‘black culture’, and explores the extent to which she can identify with them.
The performances of this Canadian phenomenon are strange, overwhelming experiences. She dares as much as she dances. Influenced by fashion, music videos, queer culture, cinema, hip-hop and comedy, Michel turns our conventions and perceptions about identity on their head. She’s stolen the hearts of audiences worldwide with her quirky mix of cartoon, performance and sculpture. Yellow Towel, an intriguing key work, will certainly linger for some time to come.
Dana Michel is an associate artist with Par B.L.eux