Featuring Members of the FAFSWAG Collective

Curated by Leilani Kake & Ema Tavola

1 October – 2 November 2019

FAFSWAG 6 was devised to honour Auckland-based collective, FAFSWAG’s sixth anniversary. Established as a platform to build an online community for young, brown, queer arty types, FAFSWAG’s co-founders Tanu Gago and Pati Solomona Tyrell have inspired an art movement that has left an indelible mark on New Zealand and Pacific art history.

FAFSWAG 6 featured a considered collection of FAFSWAG’s archive curated by Leilani Kake and Ema Tavola, who have been fangirls of the Collective since day one. The show presented photography and experimental works from the collective’s humble beginnings to works shown in national and international exhibitions.



The exhibition acknowledged members past and present, and the community that has grown around FAFSWAG and its South Auckland beginnings since 2013.

For the duration of the exhibition, Lissy Cole’s collaborative crochet work with FAFSWAG member, Falencie Filipo was shown on the Vunilagi Vou billboard space. The work was the third in the Crochet, You Stay! trilogy of crochet collaborations between Lissy Cole and Pacific women artists in South Auckland. Crochet, You Stay! was produced with support from the Creative New Zealand 125 Suffrage Fund.

FAFSWAG 6 was produced with support from Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts (Māngere Ōtāhuhu Local Board) as part of its investment in artists and creative practice from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu area.