FAFSWAG Presents FEMSLICK Vogue Ball

FAMILY BAR 270 KARANGAHAPE ROAD, NEWTON

If you’ve ever lusted to walk a ballroom floor, this is your chance to flex. The culmination of the FEMSLICK season at Basement Theatre will see FAFSWAG host a live Vogue Ball at Family Bar. You know what’s good.

Our first Vogue Ball for the year is bound to be a LIT-uation, so come through and kiki with the community. Featuring a set by DJ Reina and a House performance from the cast of FEMSLICK that will light up the judging panel. Your categories are: Soft and C*nt, Hand Performance, Runway, Sex Siren, Dramatics.

Come Fem, come slick, come however you like, just be sure to come correct. Get your tens, get this battle, get this money and get your life!

TICKETING INFO
General Admission $10
Walkers $5
R18 – licensed venue

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FAFSWAG’S SELECTS FOR TEMPO

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Tempo Dance Festival puts an annual spotlight on dance and movement in Aotearoa. With the ball scene situated quite nicely as an event that celebrates Vogue as a culture as well as an art form, we thought it would be great to list some of the upcoming shows that share the same vigor for culture and movement. These are the shows we’re excited to catch at this years Tempo Dance Festival.

Bare in mind that everyone has their own taste and these flavours are just a few spices that stimulate our own taste buds. This aint a TRUMP term in the White-House and you’re more than welcome to form your own opinions #GodBlessDemocracy #HappyTempo

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#5 SRINGARAM – DANCE OF LOVE
SWAROOPA UNNI

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#4 SIVA NIU SILA
KATERINA FATUPAITO | JAHRA RAGER | TUPUA TIGAFUA | NIKKI UPOKO

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#3 TAUMATA – FOUR NEW WORKS
BIANCA HYSLOP (THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY) | TAANE METE (OKAREKA DANCE COMPANY) | SARAH FOSTER-SPROULL (FOSTER GROUP) LOUGHLAN PRIOR (ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET) |

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#2 VU
VOU DANCE FIJI

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#1 THE SCENIC VIEW
CAT RUKA | RALPH BROWN | MIT PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS

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Jermaine Dean | OFFSTAGE 7

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(Image – Tautai 2016)

In 2009 TAUTAI Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presented OFFSTAGE at Galatos. The show was programmed as part of the 2009 Auckland FRINGE Festival and featured a range of Pacific artists including Lonnie Hutchinson, Shigeyuki Kihara, Janet Lilo, Sheyne Tuffery, Itiri Ngaro and LindaT. They were also joined by a number of emerging artists including Vaimaila Urale, Junior Taumoepeau, Mose Eteuati, Angela Tiatia, Fristar Viliamu and Tanu Gago. OFFSTAGE was originally described as “a night of live and mediated performance works – a mix of the high-brow and the experimental, with a party atmosphere.”

I was late to the opening after getting too lit with some friends before rolling up to the bar just in time to miss the screening of my short documentary film – DRAG DIVAS. I remember submitting the film thinking it probably won’t get accepted because it was so conventional as piece of moving image. But they managed to find a spot for it in the programme. I invited the star of my film, a 6 foot drag queen named Rose Bush. The night was really similar in spirit to some of the random art experiences FAFSWAG has produced over the past couple of years. It was a little bit casual and kind of alternative and hap hazard. At times you didn’t always know what to expect and the bar was really good at alleviating any pressure for artist to feel like they had be precious about their work.

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(Image – Tautai 2016)

It’s now 2016 and TAUTAI’S OFFSTAGE is being delivered in it’s 7th iteration. The showcase as a whole has gone through a number of transformations. The most apparent is the mixing of contemporary Pacific arts Practitioners with emerging Pacific arts practitioners as an opportunity to show works collectively, seems to have shifted. For the 7th version of OFFSTAGE the experience was presented as an exhibition of emerging artist.

OFFSTAGE still remains for the most part an experimental space despite a majority of the works being created specifically for other instances, exhibitions or generally being products of tertiary fine arts learning.

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(Image – Louisa Afoa)

This year OFFSTAGE was curated by Louisa Afoa and hosted as a 2 week exhibition at ART SPACE on Auckland’s K road. FAFSWAG artist Jermaine Dean debuted his moving image work self-titled JERMAINE which was created collaboratively with other artist from the collective. The exhibition still reflects OFFSTAGE as a place for new innovative and experimental works. OFFSTAGE 7 was a place for artist to transmit their works to audiences outside of their typical and tight-nit communities and to have their work shown within and industry context.

Jermaine’s work for offstage see’s a departure from his glossy digital photography practice into moving image through performance.What this work achieves really well is that it creates a window point of entry into an underground world that very few people and artist in Auckland get to experience. Jermaine becomes the protagonist in his own narrative about space and how this is physically and politically occupied through his unique identity.

It has been great to see Jermaine curated into this show as an artist that isn’t on a tertiary pathway within the fines arts and who’s practice is approached from another field entirely. Jermaine’s diverse back ground and experience make it hard to define his practice concretely and in the spirit of what OFFSTAGE has always been a vehicle for, this sounds like a perfect fit.

I hope artist feel empowered to make submissions for future TAUTAI OFFSTAGE exhibitions. This a really great platform and six years of interesting incarnations have proven that.

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Sione Monu | BEAUTY IS IN THE STREET

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It was an important moment for FAFSWAG to support Tongan artist Sione Monu for his opening at Object Space. Entitled ‘Beauty is in the Street’ the exhibition opened on Ponsonby road in central Auckland on the 27th of August to a full house.

We all looked like Aitu’s sporting black magic realness in the centre of Panem. I joke with these Hunger Game references, but to be honest these spaces can be extremely difficult to navigate for artist with emerging practices situated outside an institutional context. The class divisions can be overbearingly apparent when Pacific artist are traversing these stark white spaces with their problematic brown bodies, cultural politics and social context.

Curator Elle Loui August has approached this project with a lot of attention to detail and  it feels like a very conscious and consorted effort to service a new audience for Object Space. This is really refreshing for us to see the value Sione Monu brings to these spaces along with the other artist featured in the exhibition.

Group exhibitions are always about conversation and intersectionality. We know from first hand experience that converging narratives are not always comfortable experiences as they can unearth common grounds and vast points of difference simultaneously. Difference has always been a hard conversation in this country. But when executed well sharing narratives can generate the kind of momentum that feels like difference is actually a point of strength and this show definitely feels grounded in the notion of collective strength.

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Beauty is in the Street

27 August 2016 – 24 September 2016

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Including contributions from Areez Katki, Sione Monu, Lula Cucchiara & Ash Mosen / Mosen Studios, Rawiri Brown, Luisa Tora and Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Liv Worsnop, Eleanor Cooper, Oliver van der Lugt, Luka Mues, Dawn Blood, Lulu Fang, Annie Mackenzie, Jack Tilson, John Mutambu, Bridget Riggir, Lana Lopesi, Ella Sutherland and Billie Popovic

Curated by Elle Loui August

Opening Event: Saturday 27 August 

Image – Sione Monu, Blanket Couture Series, 2016

THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN AND FA’AAFA 2016

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This year FAFSWAG artist Pati Solomona and Tanu Gago present their first joint exhibition which will feature the works – The Sound Of The Ocean and Fa’aafa. This show will be presented at Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre – AV Gallery from the 26 January – 28 February as part of the 2016 Auckland PRIDE Festival.

THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN

The sound of the Ocean was first shown in January 2015 as part of the summer residency at Enjoy Public Art Gallery along with new works by Luisa Tora and Lielani Kake. The exhibition component of the residency was entitled Between Wind and Water and was curated by Ema Tavola. The residency resulted in a publication that documented the unique public programme that accompanied this exhibition and can be viewed as a PDF online. BETWEEN WIND AND WATER 2015

This work looks at the idea of Pacific visual history and reinterprets found footage from the internet to offer up a perspective on life from South Auckland. I’m always reflecting on my surroundings. These things inform who I am, this includes the digital propaganda. – Tanu Gago

Stills from the sound of the ocean 2015

FA’AAFA

Fa’aafa is a video work created site specifically for Pah Homesteads AV gallery by Samoan lens based, performance artist Pati Solomona Tyrell. This work was originally created as a live performance for a second year visual arts paper for the Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Faculty of Creative Arts M.I.T called studio practice, in which artist were asked to create new works for public space.

Since it’s first articulation in November of 2015 Fa’aafa has been reinterpreted as part of the Youth Showcase at the international LGBT Pacific Conference the Love Life Fono in December 2015. The work is described by the artist as a living performance.

As I grow in my life and in my practice the performance changes and evolves with me. Each live performance is a new re-staging from the first. This version for pah homestead is the first time it’s ever been committed to a digital context as a recorded performance. – Pati Solomona Tyrell.

Photographer : Josephine Nguyen-Stevenson Manetoa

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