Nursery rhymes with a queer twist

Get to know trans performance art duo DarkMatter.


“Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill said fuck this and became a lesbian separatist.”

In #ItGetsBitter: Poetry Show, multifaceted South Asian trans duo DarkMatter have given the classic nursery rhyme a decidedly queer twist. Through performance art, Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian take on the painstaking task of demolishing white supremacy and exterminating gender. The key to doing so is a kick-ass toolbox of love, knowledge and aesthetics.

Thus the duo tackle—with a great deal of activism and a touch of stand-up comedy—xenophobia and fashion alike, discussing not only the ocean of possibilities of a non-binary existence, but also showing us how to look fab while facing all the grey conformists of the world.

We, for one, would like to join DarkMatter in the fight to make oppression a thing of the past, and we kindly request that you please check your privilege today.


By Iris Wenander

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