“For the queer, the trans, the non-conforming, the female and the black, // For those who have been alienated by mainstream culture, //For those who are constantly harassed by patriarchy and suffer at the hands of capitalism, //For copper-coloured Afro wigs, golden chokers, torn stockings and moving freely despite Lorraine’s side-eye, there is FAKA”– Bubblegumclub
South African duo, FAKA are a cultural movement established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea. Surpassing the “performance art duo” descriptor, the artists explore a combination of mediums ranging from sound, live performance, literature, video and photography, creating an eclectic aesthetic. Expressing themes central to their experience as black queer bodies, FAKA navigate through the “cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa”.
Their hybridised mode of practice and challenging subject matter as artists has lead to their invitations to perform at various international festivals- including the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016), FLOW Festival (2017), and now- much to our excitement- Supersonic Festival 2018.