Jermaine Dean. A contemporary digital media artist. Dean’s concept usually consist around the idea of his communities both the LGBTQI and the creative. As a multi disciplinary artist, Dean works with photography, video, music and a performance. Dean is apart of the artist collective FAFSWAG since 2013 and has been developing his practice of pixelation, distortion and manipulation throughout different mediums.
Akashi Fisiinaua is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the arts collective FAFSWAG (winners of Best Body of Work at the Auckland Theatre Awards 2017). Also known for her work within the Auckland Vogue ballroom scene as the chanter MC Queen Kapussi fka (formerly known as) Boyinadress, she made her directorial and choreographic debut last year with the sold-out Basement show FEMSLICK. Her video series in collaboration with Jermaine Dean, B14CK 2H4K71, has been showcased at CoCA Christchurch and Blakdot Gallery Melbourne. With FAFSWAG, she collaborated with Auckland City Council for Make Space: The Visibility Project, an indigenous queer/trans live projection within the CBD for Pride 2017. Akashi’s work is an immersive digital and IRL exploration on the politics of space in relationship to her body. It’s about taking control, body sovereignty and self defense. She explores empowerment through vogue and martial arts practices in conversation with her Tongan culture, but still rooted within her context of being a first generation immigrant from Tonga flexing in western world.
Falencie is a Samoan dancer who practices in the style of vogue femme. An erotica performance artist who has recently showcased at CoCA – Centre of Contemporary Arts in Christchurch, The Basement Theatre for the FEMSLICK production and more frequently at Auckland’s adult entertainment
club Las Vegas. Falencie is one of the performers in this production. She is also part of the cast of the award winning and critically acclaimed stage production Fa’aafa recently presented at Bats Theatre in Wellington as part of the NZ Fringe Festival.
Tanu Gago is an interdisciplinary artist and award winning photographer of Samoan heritage. Born in Samoa and raised in Mangere. Gago works predominantly in new media with a portfolio of work that includes, staged portraiture, moving image and film. His practice is collaborative and examines cultural framing, decolonization, social politics, queer activism and gender and sexually diverse narratives.
Moe Laga-Fa’aofo is a Performance Artist from South Auckland, Whose practice includes movement and activation. Her works include a large number of stage and screen productions, as well as collaborative visual arts work that have been shown in Australia as well as the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Moe has a diploma from the Pacific institute of Performing Arts and recently completed her Bachelors in Creative Arts from the Manukau Institute of Technology.
Ilalio Loau has been a member of fafswag for past 4 years and is an aspiring fashion designer who is studying at Whitecliffe. Although his artistic practices has been for fun, his understanding in body type and fashion gives him a chance to help those around him gain confidence in there everyday life. His focus is to create a fashion brand for transgender women.
Sione Monu is an artist of Tongan descent who works across the mediums of photography, moving image, adornment, performance and drawing. Sione is a contributing member of the arts collective’s Fafswag and Witch Bitch. Recent exhibitions include Kahoa Kakala, Fresh Gallery Otara and Object space (2017), Statuesque Anarchy, Enjoy Gallery Wellington (2017), Pouliuli, Westspace Melbourne (2017) Making Space, CoCa, Christchurch (2017) and GG Talk That Talk, Fresh Gallery Ōtara, 2016.
Tim Swann is a business strategist with extensive experience in the areas of finance and risk management. While his ‘artistic practice’ is more hobby than career Tim is thoroughly invested in the complex conversations that occur daily when you live in the intersections. Tim is committed to economic domination based on merit and equality and advocacy that elevates rainbow Pacific people into positions of power.
Pati Solomona Tyrell
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.
Manu Vaea is an interdisciplinary artist. 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.
Elyssia Wilson Heti
Elyssia Wilson-Heti is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and member of fafswag. She is of mixed Niuean and European heritage. She has spent the last few years of her practice producing and facilitating events with fafswag and the wider creative community. Her practice is collaborative and is intersectional at the core.