Introducing our June CreativeMornings speaker: FAKA – a local art duo working through performance art, as an archival project documenting the experiences of young black queer creatives locally. FAKA is a cultural movement established by best friends Thato Ramaisa and Buyani Duma (who go by the stage names Fela Gucci and Desire Marea). Thato describes himself as a young queer man from Katlehong. He is exploring his limitless identity through photography, performance art, and documentation. Fela Gucci is the “character” through which he narrates these expressions. Desire Marea (Buyani) describes himself as a ‘post-gospel philosopher’ who in the process uses his body as a way to confront contradicting truths. Through performance, he seeks to conceive a different, more inclusive reality.
The duo state that FAKA is “partially an archival project documenting young black queer creatives who we think, from our experience, does not relish in the exposure and recognition they deserve for being visible as who they believe themselves to be during these times.”
FAKA use performance as a medium to manifest the realities that they desire for the black queer South African. They believe in telling the truth and the stories of the people who share similar life experiences, in spaces where there is a lack of a wider representation of this kind of narrative and existence.
Catch FAKA at CreativeMornings this month discussing our global theme, Broken.