Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos aka Taka Taka
Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos aka Taka Taka trained as a professional make-up artist, he obtained a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, followed up by an MA from the Dutch Art Institute. Taka Taka identifies as a professional dragtivist and art-educator who produces performances as director for the House of Hopelezz, Club Church, Amsterdam. Taka Taka is a sister for others, a mother of the drag king house of Løstbois and proud daughter of Jennifer Hopelezz. Taka Taka sees life through the lens of Dragtivism by practising para-educational strategies for the margins of the marginal LGBTQIA ++ community. Taka Taka works yearly with institutes and collectives such as AIDS Fonds, Global Aids Village, Drag Olympic Games, Begging Babes and Superball the Battle of European Drag Houses. In 2017 he started sharing his knowledge and methodologies for gender artistic practices in Dutch art academies.
Since 2022 Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos a.k.a.Taka Taka is a fellow of the THIRD Cycle Research Group at the DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam.
Learn more about Taka Taka's MA thesis (DAI, 2017): Dragctivism: A Manual of Socially Adaptive Practice
Watch an extract from Taka Taka's 20 minute presentation Is It Too Late To Speculate? for Speaking Without Thumbs, DAI's performance lectures marathon of 2016 in Showroom Arnhem.
Follow Taka Takapriest's "Life after DAI" via Instagram