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 where she grew up. She moved to Berlin in 2017, establishing herself shorty after in the vibrant queer nightlife scene, creating alter-ego Many Faced Godx, and mixing drag and dance performance in her live shows in festivals and clubs around Europe.
Dornika started classical music training at an early age, learning to play the piano, classical guitar and traditional Iranian Setar. As a teenager she discovered her passion in singing and composition and started writing songs on her bedroom piano. After facing many hardships in Iran as a female singer, she took a break from music and studied Fine Arts in Tehran and then in UDK Berlin. She started writing and producing music again in 2019 and shortly after started teaching others how to find power in their voices drawing compassion from struggles she faced herself.
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. Currently Dornika is making a name for herself as a revolutionary pop act in the Berlin queer underground and is working on her debut album to be released in late 2022.
Directors: Ainissa V, Dornika Kazerani, Rory Midhani
Animation: Ainissa V
Illustration: Rory Midhani
Music production: Qlan, Curlease, Dornika