Divine Make-up, 2020, Video, 3:50 mins

Ebony Hickey is a Haitian born, Australian contemporary artist with an interest in interrogating concepts of individuality, adoption, sexuality, queerness and black identity. Hickey draws on her life experience to inform the creation of her expressive sculptural forms, employing a diverse assortment of materials to compose her work. Her practice is bold and politically engaged, responding to issues that affect her communities with a strong visual language she continues to explore. Hickey is currently in the second year of her Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Performance is an important element of Hickey’s creative practice. In 2000, Hickey created the drag personality Koko Mass. Koko loves to perform songs with soul and is a bit of a badass who always speaks up and is honest about issues they face in society. Koko challenges perceptions head on whilst also having fun with their audience.  Koko Mass is touring Australia as a cast member in the theatre show Fuck Fabulous, created by Artistic Director, Sarah Ward, which launched in March at Mardi Gras 2020, Sydney.

Divine Make-up is a message of strength and hope for inter-country and bi-racial adoptees on a journey of self-discovery. This performance was originally screened as part of Fuck Fabulous, a cabaret variety show described as a neo-punk protest party and a manifesto of hope that together we can create queer new worlds that value difference and diversity.