Biji Diva! is inspired by Turkish transsexual pop diva Bülent Ersoy. She started her music and film career as a young man in the 70s, underwent gender re-assignment in 1981 (but kept her male name 'Bülent'), had her performances banned by the military regime and went into exile in Germany.
In 1988 the Turkish civil code was revised and Bülent Ersoy received her 'pink' ID (for females) and made a triumphant return to show business in Turkey.
In Feb 2008, she publicly criticised Turkey's war against Kurdish separatists by saying she would not send her son to war if she were a mother, during a live telecast of the Popstar Alaturka TV show.
In Biji Diva! the artist and his mother May Wong pay tribute to Bülent Ersoy in a live concert, portraying her from 4 stages of her life: as a young man, a 'trans', a woman, and a mother.

This DVD contains documentation of the first performance in Berlin, commissioned by In Transit Festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in June 2011. Thereafter Biji Diva! will tour to Stuttgart and Istanbul.

Access level

Onsite

production company/producer

Ming WONG, 黃漢明

Location code CD.001658
Language

English, 

Turkish

Keyword

performance art

Publication/Creation date

2011

Video format

DVD

No of copies

1

Content type

artwork documentation

Ming Wong: Biji Diva! (Part 1)
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Ming Wong: Biji Diva! (Part 1)