FAFSWAG - MOKU Takeover / by Ahilapalapa Rands

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In their first tour of Europe...

Contemporary New Zealand based Pacific Island QTIPOC collective FAFSWAG joined us at MOKU.

FAFSWAG is a visual arts incubator for queer indigenous creatives working collaboratively to activate public and digital space and disavow false representation of queer brown identities and bodies through creativity and self-expression.

Their collective practices include filmmaking, live art, performance art, adornment and dance and in many cases, some or all of these elements are combined to produce dynamic new work that is firmly rooted in their Pacific Island community and cultures.

Their most recent work is a revolutionary piece of digital immersive art. Fafswagvogue sees the elements of gaming, dance, documentary making and surveillance brought together in a 'Manga' meets 'The Terminator' world of dance battles, underground cityscapes and Polynesian culture.

Hollywood Director and the producer of the project Taika Waititi had this to say about the project:

"Auckland is burning! So proud to support such strong artists and this beautiful part of NZ culture. I love this project so much!"

The event included a screening of their new work fafswagvogue.com, followed by a panel discussion focussed on the making of the new work, their collective art practice and what the future holds for them as contemporary Pacific island artists.

See the link below for more:

www.vice.com/en_nz/article/j5nkb4/aucklands-vogue-balls-are-a-church-for-queers-and-everyone-else

https://fafswag.com/fafswag-paris-london/

Words: Lyall Hakaraia

Image: Fafswag

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