On Christmas eve 2017 FAFSWAG was invited to collaborate with Iconic New Zealand musicians Neil and Liam Finn on the visuals and movement for their upcoming feature length documentary as well as a music video component that featured new music written and performed by the father and son duo. Featuring the whole Finn fanau and the whole FAFSWAG aiga. These shots are from the set of that project, captured by Pati Solomona Tyrell and Jermaine Dean.
RFL is entering into a new agreement to provide support FAFSWAG Arts Collective for their project Fa’aafa. FAFSWAG Arts Collective is an LGBTQI+ Pasifika Arts Collective based in Auckland. Their purposes include privileging indigenous cultural practice through the arts and creative industries, advocating for visibility within Pacific communities as well as institutional spaces, decolonising art practice and creating safe spaces for LGBTQI+ people of colour. In March 2018, they will be travelling their project Fa’aafa to the Wellington Fringe Festival for four performances at Bats Theatre.
FAFSWAG | Activate Auckland | Auckland Art Gallery |Auckland PRIDE Festival 2018 | PIKI Films | RESN | NZonAIR FAFSWAG Arts Collective would like to take this opportunity to convey our gratitude for all the support offered to our artist throughout the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival. There were so many highlights for us it’s hard to pinpoint them all. But after some much appreciated down time we’re able to reflect on a few key moments that were really incredible for us and deserve a special mention.
Mask making has been there since the ancient times. People used to wear masks so as to hide their true identity and others used them as an opportunity to have new personalities of their desire. Masks are also used for beauty reasons and during festivals not only in the African culture but also other worldwide cultures. This concept was incorporated into the Wajukuu kids’ club program and and is now an activity.
We have been engaging in sports activities in the community for both artists and kids’ club members of Wajukuu. Through sports we experience resilience and nature of tolerance among members and improve team work within the group. For the last couple of months we have been participating in a local football league; the league comprises of sixteen teams. The teams are made up of eight players. The league was an original idea of Wajukuu and its aim was to bring the community together and promote unity.
Presents by FAFSWAG Arts Collective this free event was produced in partnership with Art Space for White Night as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Thank you to Art Space Director Adnan Yildiz and the team for hosting us. Here are some pictures from the night. Shout out to our Judges Daren Milan, khaos, Manu, Tama Toa and Jaydess Nand – MC Boy in a dress and DJ Nikolai for holding it down.
Photography by Ralph Brown “Neon” noun- Fluorescent lighting or signs using neon or another gas. The neon chapel where sins are purged. “Bootleg” adjective – A recording made, distributed, or sold illegally. Neon Bootleg is a ceremonial water-cleansing that revisits a period of 90’s nostalgia usually off limits to my untrustworthy memories and wild imagination. Or so I thought… The truth lives somewhere between the jagged edges and neon lights, the bedsheets and the holy water.
It’s been six months since FAFSWAG delivered the work of emerging Pacific artist Akashi Fisiinaua for the stage. Entitled FEMSLICK this work played a significant roll in transforming the creative spaces FAFSWAG Arts Collective have been able to occupy. Typical impression for Pacific performing artist is that formal institutional spaces and commercial spaces are the same thing. While Basement Theatre operates as a public trust and trades under a commercial business model, the theatre actually allows for a lot of creative freedom for new and emerging artist to experiment and find their voices.
Shabu Mwangi, an artist from Nairobi has for several months been an IfA Fellow in Art and Culture House Schlesische27 guest. As a painter and activist living and working in Lunga-Lunga, a village in Mukuru slum, Nairobi / Kenya, he heads together with his artist friends a wonderful artistic and educational project for children -. “Wajukuu Art Project”. Shabu’s stories and the work of the group of artists under such difficult conditions have been very touching and I find him necessarily to get to know.