Kayla Tange was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1982, and adopted at age six months, by a Japanese American family residing in Lemoore, California. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000, and among other endeavors at the intersection of art-making, self-discovery, and survival, began performing as an exotic and burlesque dancer, where she served not only as a sexual projection, but as a private confessor. These experiences inspired the performances Confession Box and A Bare Witness in which public space became an interactive confessional. In 2016, Tange created Confession Room, where these stories collected over a two year period were presented in an interactive multimedia installation at Coagula Curatorial in Chinatown. Under the name Coco Ono, she dances with the Bootleg Bombshells at Townhouse in Venice as wells as venues around Los Angeles and New York. She uses confession, sexuality and dark comedy in her performance work to explore love and longing, cultural stereotyping and societal taboos, catharsis and fetish. Her passions are found in performance, poetry, photography and facilitating a unique relationship between art and audience leading her to create her current projects Boundaries and Dear Mother, which explore emotional, physical and cultural confines.
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Photography by J. Martinez-Rizo