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Kembra Pfahler

Born in 1961, Hermosa Beach, United States

Lives and works in New York City, United States


Kembra Pfahler (b. 1961, Hermosa Beach, CA, US) lives and works in New York, US. Pfahler is a legendary figure of New York’s underground scene. With a practice spanning music, performance, acting, film and visual arts since the 1980s, the image vocabulary she has built informs the countercultural aesthetics of the Lower East Side. Drawing references from monstrous fetishistic femininity and Japanese Noh theatre, she founded a death-rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The band’s cult ...Read more