South African Art Duo Dismantles Patriarchy

Fashion by Faka. Photographed by Nick Widmer.


FAKA is the collaborative art duo @DesireMarea and @FelaGucci. “We use performance as a medium to manifest the realities that we desire for the black queer South African. FAKA in Zulu means to enter, to penetrate, to occupy. We chose this name because it is our intention to penetrate and communicate silenced themes in the spectrum of black queer identity."

"We work to dismantle the internalized heteronormative righteousness that has contaminated our community with its hierarchy of male privilege. FAKA, in the context of sexual intercourse, is an order given to the perpetrator to penetrate. Our ownership of a term linked to the assumption of passivity is a protest to empower the most shamed identities. It is the ‘bottom’s revenge.’”

Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

FAKA is a protest to empower the most shamed identities.
Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

Ph. © Nick Widmer / Cakeboy

"F Is For Faka" appears in our third issue, available now. Fela Gucci and Desire Marea can also be found on Tumblr and Soundcloud.