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A still from Kalup Linzy’s comic soap-opera Melody Set Me Free, featuring one of the artist’s alter-egos
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Savannah Dispatch

by Emily Nathan

Performance artist Kalup Linzy (b. 1977) is a sweet, quiet Southern boy, though the midriff-baring, drag-dressing, sassy-tongued personas he adopts in his videos might lead you to believe otherwise. Speaking with Artnet Magazine on the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design last week, where he was participating in the school’s annual art showcase (titled “defINE ART,” Feb. 21-25, 2012), he described his work, in a slow, honeyed drawl, as an outlet for unexpressed emotions that occasionally becomes exhausting. “From time to time,” he confessed, “Kalup just needs a break.”


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