Visit Fafswagvogue.com. The interactive documentary taking you into the LGBTQ vogue dance scene in the world’s biggest Pacific city; Auckland, NZ. Choose striking characters and battles locations to the become a judge in a unique battle. The choose a winner to unlocking documentaries revealing the personal lives of five young Performers. Fafswagvogue.com
FAFSWAG is a visual arts incubator for queer indigenous creatives working collaboratively to activate public and digital space and disavow false representations of queer brown identities and bodies through creativity and self expression.
FAFSWAG operates across a multitude of inter disciplinary art forms and genres. We develop site specific cultural experiences and arts engagements that speak to our unique and diverse contexts as LGBT peeps from Oceania .
Artist Include: Jermaine Dean, Sione Monu, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Akashi Fisinaua, Moe Laga, Elyssia Wilson Heti, Manu Vaea, Tanu Gago,
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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 … Continue reading Celebrating the launch of FAFSWAGVOGUE.COM The Interactive Documentary 2018
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FAFSWAG presents FA’AAFA Directed by Pati Solomona Tyrell Featuring poetry by Tusiata Avia Performed by Falencie Filipo, Moe Laga, Joey Tinai & Pati Solomona Tyrell
As a lens based media artist Tyrell’s story telling is immersive and world building. At its centre is his body, his culture and his community. Described in the image note for the publication ‘BLACK MARKS ON THE WHITE PAGE’ edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti, Fa’aafa is referred to as…
“A portal into another world, its colours saturated by night and desire and the youthful swagger of its subjects, whose eyes issue a challenge and invitation”
Devised in 2015 as a solo performance Fa’aafa has travelled across Aotearoa for the past two years as a cultural Acti-VA-tion; a term coined by iconic Pacific artist Rosana Raymond. The ‘VA’ refers to a Samoan philosophical understanding of space as ‘active’, not as empty and passive, but activated by people, relationships and reciprocal obligations.
This powerful interdisciplinary piece of storytelling continues to defy genre definition. Invoking dense cultural knowledge and translating Samoan epistemologies within a contemporary art language of movement and audio visuals for modern audiences. Dislocated from cultural space this works precarious form and other worldly aesthetic still make it difficult to categorise. Fa’aafa by its simplest definition is an ‘experience’. Fluid in language and physical phrase as it is in context and genre, Fa’aafa (A Samoan conception of half) is always in flux, existing in duality as a live performance and also a digital moving image artwork.
Recently featured as part of the Yirramboi First Nations Indigenous Arts Festival in Melbourne and MCA Art-bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia, Fa’aafa was delivered in its last iteration as a solo performance in the ‘Tama Toa’ showcase as part of the 2017 Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland.
Tyrell’s reimagining of the work for Basement Theatre will see Fa’aafa expand on its cultural mythology and narrative universe. Featuring a new cast of emerging and established performers, and an entirely new soundscape and visual design, with poetry by award winning Samoan poet Tusiata Avia, Fa’aafa will adorn a new silhouette for a new audience.
WITCH BITCH came about through constant ‘talanoa’ between the artists Manu Vaea, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Sione Monu regarding Polynesian spirituality as a drive towards a cultural discovery of self. Their moving image and performance pieces speak to their reclamation of space within the Vā – the contextual and metaphysical space that exists between all things.
In March of 2017 FAFSWAG collective and cultural activation trio known as WITCH BITCH, Made up of visual and performance artist, Manu Vaea, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Sione Monu, presented new work at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington NZ. As part of the Wellington PRIDE Festival, the work was curated by FAFSWAG’s artist Tanu Gago and was funded by Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee. Entitled Statuesque Anarchy the work is a synchronised 3 channel Video installation of the live activation of the same name.
The cultural activation Statuesque Anarchy was first featured as part of the cultural performance showcase curated by Rosanna Raymond for the International Pacific Arts Association Symposium in 2016. Titled ‘Feathers of the Sun’, the showcase was an evening of activation that featured various performance artist and activators. Sponsored by Tautai Pacific Arts Trust the evening feature new one of works by Tufala Meri, Grace Taylor, Rosanna Raymond and other artist.
Commissioned by FAFSWAG arts collective the new 3 channel video installation sort to reproduce the kinetic energy of the activation within a digital vocabulary that helped to present the artists collective ideas, creative and artistic response to Pacific spirituality. These concepts culminated over 2 years of personal research in precolonial cultural practices that originate from both Tonga and Western Samoa.
Sione Monu often uses Instagram (visit @sione93) as an art tool, constantly creating artworks that utilise the platform as a way of re-indigenising space as well as create accessibility for his community to engage with the works. His series of self portraits #BlanketCouture (2016) came to life due to a day of play but with only having access to the materials in his home. Although playful the use of blankets are on the artists’ body are striking and intimate is the artist challenges notions of representation and gender.
Manu Vaea is an interdisciplinary artist currently completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at AUT TeWananga Aronui o Tamaki Makau Rau. His practice revolves around the exploration of Polynesian mysticism, and the mundanity/complexity of existing as a queer Tongan living in South Auckland through poetry and illustration. Manu has been involved in many collaborative projects, one being ‘Statuesque Anarchy’ in Enjoy Public Art Gallery alongside collective WITCH BITCH and poetry devised theatre shows ‘Loud and Queer’ directed by Sarah Jansen and ‘Mouth:Teeth:Tongue’ directed by Grace Taylor. Vaea is also an active member of arts collective FAFSWAG and has been since 2016.
Pati Solomona Tyrell is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a strong focus on performance. Utilizing lens-based media he creates visual outcomes that are centered around ideas of urban Pacific queer identity. He has shown work at Fresh Gallery Otara, PAH Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia and most recently at the Pingyao International Photography Festival. Tyrell is a co-founder of the arts collective FAFSWAG. He is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts programme at the Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara. Pati is originally from Kirikiriroa, Waikato but is now based in Maungarei, Tāmaki Makaurau