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The follies and follicles of Vee Levene
"My goal is to dominate people in their sleep."
From an interview with damali ayo 
damali ayo (creator of rent-a-negro.com) was interviewed in Bitch magazine's Fall 2005 issue.

I found a lot of it inspiring and/or paralleling to my own aspirations and/or practices in political art.

(I don't really agree with the very first sentence--on all art being activism [though that might depend on how you define activism]--but the rest is just beautiful.)
    "'I believe that all art is a radical form of social activism. In the art world and in our society, we've made the grave mistake of separating the two--sometimes, when we look at socially minded art, we think it's less artistic, when it's actually the height of art.'"

    "'Satire cannot exist without reality,' she insists, 'and only reality can be absurd enough to build solid satire. I find reality to be far more provocative than anything I could ever make up...'"

    "'Intellectualizing and comedy both create an atmosphere where action becomes an option. This [book, How to Rent a Negro] is in between those two extremes--it is at once really funny and really not funny.' Following the modest proposal once made by Jonathan Swift, Ayo [sic] believes in the need for startling provocation in order to instigate meaningful change. 'We need to throw the pepper in the sauce [in order] for people to start tasting things. When you intersect the radical with the mundane, the socially weighted with the everyday occurrences, that's when things get really fascinating."
3/19/06 (UTC)
she's totally fucking amazing.
3/27/06 (UTC)
she really is! i love it when i find people with a similar political/artistic outlook at myself--people who are successful at it, successful not as in popularity, but as in they convey what they mean to... most of my attempts at expression are painful and frustrating... but i'm constantly being given hope... yay... :)
6/10/06 (UTC) - art and ayo
Non LJer
hey, have you checked out some of damali's other work? many of her performance and exhibit pieces can be found/experienced on her website, damaliayo.com

if your interested, i would also recommend checking out her myspace (myspace.com/damaliayocds) - it has audio tracks from damali's cd, "what did she just say?," video clips including her appearance on the o'reilly factor, and upcoming event listings.

also, damali loves visit schools and organizations; if you or someone you know might be interested in booking her for a presentation, exhibit, talk etc, just email info@damaliayo.com.


heather day,
assistant to damali ayo
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