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“I am a fine, classy travesty; I think that is what many people see in me; we are demonized, always accused of being involved in drugs and prostitution, but I have kept above all of that”, says Ysak Mantu, travesty actor and performance artist known in the gay night life as Dana Karvelas. He defines the world of travesty’s as “a something apart, underground, and this way of being in between the sexes brings work, personal and other deficiencies. Sometimes it’s like being in limbo, but you are happy. In my case I have insisted in being an artist, regardless of the financial difficulties it implies.” Apart from his ample experience in films and advertisement, he recently debuted with a character of his creation, Dana International, an Israeli singer unlike the cliché travesty who only imitates certain artists. Regardless of all the problems, Ysak/Dana affirms with conviction: “In this road you might miss some things you might have lived otherwise, but I also know we have things others don’t.” This studio posed portrait, which is reminiscent of the work of German expressionist Otto Dix (1891-1969) between the two World Wars, emphasizes the delicate androgyny of Ysak Mantu, actor and transvestite performer known in the Gay nightclub life of Mexico City as Dana Karvelas.
In the Beyond Gender photo essay.
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