Dani ‘Elegance ‘n Violence’ (ITA), Artist, London

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‘I’m an artist. I do performance art, I draw and sometimes I tattoo. I’m into fetish and BDSM-related stuff and I’m attracted to all forms of body modification, too. Scarification, branding, scalpels needles, are just some of the things that inspire my performance. . The mask I put on on stage allows me to be the real me. If I cover my tattoos, I can be rather elegant. But don’t be fooled by the appearance,  there’s nothing but violence underneath…’

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‘For a lot of people, what I do to my body and to other people is shocking, but then again, I realise it’s not intended for a big crowd. On the other hand, if I didn’t get shocked or even disgusted reactions from time to time, I’d be doing something wrong. I want a reaction, whether if it’s a positive or a negative one, that’s up to the viewer. But no reaction means I didn’t trigger anything, therefore gave a lousy performance. BDSM is a way of expression, an art form as any other. It’s not only about the sadistic and masochistic. BDSM inspires me as an artist, it broadens my vision. It’s liberating in a way, because we all have violent urges. I put on a mask, climb on stage and get to satisfy those urges. In day to day life, my performances wouldn’t be considered… how should I put it… ‘normal’. In the end, we’re all trying to feel good about ourselves. If this is the way for me, I don’t see a reason why I shouldn’t follow it.’

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