ARTIST: CHRAJA (BALACLAVA GIRL)

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Artist: Chraja’s (Balaclava Girl) contribution to Balaclava.Q is photographs (as documentation), music and the text piece below (in which Chraja has collaborated with Balaclava.Q contributing artist Menelas).

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mCHRAJA: BALACLAVA GIRL

or  2016 was the best; fuck you, greek army

by Menelas

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A Greek boy named Chrysos was forced to do the compulsory military service. For most this is a boring or bothersome event, but for gays it can be from quite intimidating to horrific. So instead of surrendering to the machismo of the Greek military he discovered drag and became Chraja.

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Chraja is part of a new emerging drag scene in Athens. At her appearances she loves to meet and greet the public in her balaclava. In it she feels like an queer urban guerrilla fighting machismo, the patriarchy and homophobia.  Of course at an impressive 199cm (6’6″) height (without heels) no one dares put up a fight with her.

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She recounts on her experience of wearing the balaclava for the first time:  she expected it to be bothersome. While it was quite restricting on the airwaves this somehow added to her high and whilst dancing she hallucinated that the music that was playing was itself a mask, stuck on her face and she was only able to breathe through it. She felt liberated, powerful and connected to music. ‘Now, I only want to party high with the balaclava on!’ (Bonus: less make up to worry about)

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We are going to leave you with some lyrics from her digital album:

2016 was the best; fuck you, greek army

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“I am not waiting for my service to end

to learn how to familiarize myself with violence

backgammon, laziness, and machismo all day

I’d rather drag,

SWAG!

 

I have no country,

I threw away my shield

With gun in arms I put on my eyelashes

On my watch instead of a cigarette

I vogue and don’t laze about.

My frigate has not seen a soldier like me before

 

1-2-3 Go

Make up in the Army!”

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Thanks.

Find Chraja on:

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Facebook

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Instagram

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BandCamp Profile

 

This work is shown here by kind permission from the artist.
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Please ask the artist before using them elsewhere.
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