Multimedia performance artist CHOKRA harnesses music, rhymes, light, pyrotechnics, video, scents, vivid powders, traditional ceremonial practices and attire, and gender-bending posturing to present performances full of joy—and his queer-spirited challenge to the status quo. Originally from the United Arab Emirates, where his performances were banned, he moved to New York to find freedom to pursue his work. (via CHOKRA )