Breena’s DNA is derived from artist Kalup Linzy’s soap opera style video pieces, which he writes, directs, and stars in. Contrasting other one-man-showmen and drag-chanteuses, from Tyler Perry to Ru-Paul, Linzy’s work takes a considered and often brutal look at issues of race, class, gender and sexuality even as it satirizes the conventions of the day-time soap opera. His alter-egos — art-advisor Breena and mid-career artist Katonya — exude melodrama and compel viewers to take a closer look at their lives and the anxieties they embody.
Kalup Linzy (b. 1977, Clermont, Florida) is an American video and performance artist. Linzy is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film and Video. He is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow. His work can be found in the public collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.