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Kembra Pfahler

Emalin, London (H8)

Emalin’s presentation brings together archival material spanning three decades of production, tracing Kembra Pfahler's (b. 1961, Hermosa Beach) beginnings in California to her current iconic status as a pioneering performance artist of New York’s LES Formative in the LA punk scene in the 1970s.

Pfahler is most widely recognised for her leading role in downtown New York’s underground scene in the 1980s and ‘90s, in particular as the lead singer of the theatrical horror-inspired glam, punk-shock-rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Founded in 1990, TVHOKB’s legendary live performances incorporate music, drawings, hand-made props, photography and film to dismantle existing paradigms of femininity.