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Confessions of A Teenage Afakasi


Tue 28 Mar 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 30 Mar 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 1 Apr 2017, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling Street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Confessions of A Teenage Afakasi
Faith Wilson

Opening Preview: Tuesday 7 March, 5:30pm
All welcome.

My Journey to Perfection
Thursday 16 March, 6pm, Friday 17 March, 6pm
All welcome.
Presented as part of Dunedin Fringe Festival.

Join us to celebrate the opening of solo exhibition, Confessions of a teenage Afakasi by Te Whanaganui-a-Tara based artist and writer, Faith Wilson.

Faith is an Afakasi. She has never been white even though she felt and wanted to be white. She is brown but never felt brown, and all the PI girls at school told her she was white. Her body, its status, its size, its colour was everybody’s business. Faith wanted her body to shrink to be seen. She idealised the body of the slim white woman whilst shunning the big brown body of her mother’s.

Scrawling emo quotes on her bedroom walls in amongst the thinspo and alt-rock posters, spewing into plastic bags while blasting The Strokes, and writing screeds of earnest and desperate poetry into journals, is Faith’s teenage bedroom.

Always trying to find a place for her body in the world, Faith will return to her former self in a series of two performances, a decade after her ED began, to attempt to rewrite the narrative of her body. She will turn the gallery into a remnant of her past, but instead of FTW scrawls, she will reclaim her story.

Faith Wilson is an artist and writer who currently lives in Te Whanaganui-a-Tara but hails from Tokoroa and Kirikiriroa. Her practice centres on the experience of the self, as an Afakasi Samoan/Palagi female who grew up in Aotearoa. She hopes that by telling her stories, she can help others who may identify with hers.

Peace, love and resistance.

Confessions of a teenage Afakasi and My Journey to Perfection are generously supported by Dunedin Fringe Festival.

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