Gender-fluid Iranian-American artist Dornika is a Berlin based musician, visual artist, drag performer and vocal coach. Born in Tehran, she migrated with her mom to the US at age 7 only to move back a few years later to Tehran. She moved to Berlin in 2017, establishing herself shorty thereafter in the vibrant queer nightlife scene, creating the alter ego Many Faced Godx, and mixing drag, music and dance performance in festivals and clubs in Europe. Dornika’s work is heavily influenced by her activism, confronting subjects of state violence, sexism, inequality and mental health. Her debut single ›Fatbulous‹ is a body-positive, high-energy pop track celebrating traditionally shamed elements of female bodies. Dornika’s music is not bound by genre. She draws from all parts of her life, picking up as she goes and exploring elements of jazz, hip-hop, pop, Iranian folk, voguing beats, techno and experimental electronic music.
Dornika receives a grant of 5,000 euros in 2022 for the realisation of her debut album.