The Black Chick
Part of “Resistance is a Girl who Changes the World” series
Performed by Arhanghella
Resistance is a Girl who Changes the World - a video monologue series, as part of the cultural international project Stories of Girls’ Resistance. The series showcases the inspirational, complex, and unfiltered stories of the girls that fight back and imagine better worlds for them and the societies in which they live. These stories are brought to life through video art, music, theatre, poetry, and other forms of creative documentation. These 3 (of 11 in total) video monologues are produced by the Giuvlipen theatre and performed by Roma artists
This is the sixth episode of the video monologues series "Resistance is a Girl Who Changes the World", based on the story of Bianca from Romania. Bianca Varga is a nonbinary activist from Romania who identifies with the she/her pronouns. She fights for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and is the creator as well as one of the hosts of „Two Black Chicks” - an online entertainment show broadcast on Facebook that presents the LGBTQ community from the presenters' perspective. The show is the form taken by Bianca's activism. Inspired by her own experiences, she condemns discrimination and brings into the spotlight the voices of the community, regardless of ethnicity, age or gender.
“I want to keep fighting for people who are being discriminated against. My role is to offer moral support. I can understand those girls. I understand what you are going through, darlings. I understand how you feel. And I am trying to give confidence, if we stick together, everything will be fine.”
She was finalist for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award from New York, and in 2020 she was nominated again, and she is the recipient of the Special Award of the League. In 2018, Drăgan was a resident artist in Hong Kong at Para Site Contemporary Art Centre. Her performance “Roma Futurism” has been showcased in multiple art spaces such as: the Museum of Contemporary Art from Belgrade; FutuRoma – the collateral exhibition at Venice Biennale; the Critical Romani Studies conference at Central European University in Budapest and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. In the same year she was acknowledged by PEN World Voices International Play Festival 2018 in New York as one of the ten most respected dramatists of the world.
In 2021 she exhibited her first video installation “Future is a safe place hidden in my braids” divided into 3 short films that depict futuristic rituals for healing transgenerational trauma of Roma people and project a safe future for the community.