Sex & Gender

#femmeinpublic project disrupts cape town’s heteronormative gaze with live fashion protest

April 5, 2017
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FemmeInPublic is a glorious visual project and conversation piece about femme solidarity in places where we’re most vulnerable—in public. Cape Town-based creative director and stylist, Gavin Mikey Collins, and US performance artist, activist, and poet, Alok Vaid-Menon, teamed up with queer and gender non-conforming artists for a “live fashion protest”. A space-taking, look-serving march through the streets of Cape Town “disrupt[ing] the heteronormative and colonial gaze with their unwavering celebration of femininity.”

“With the recent advent of the ‘transgender tipping point,’ representation of trans people in the media continues to be of people who are binary (identifying as a ‘man’ or a ‘woman,’), white, and conventionally attractive,” said Vaid-Menon. “My work is about creating more representations of gender non-conforming people of color who have been and continue to be at the front of the movement for gender liberation.”

#FemmeInPublic features creatives Umlilo, Kieron Jina, Sandiso Ngubane, Githan Coopoo, Vuyisani Bisholo, Quaid “Queezy” Heneke, Joshua Allen, Alok Vaid-Menon, and .

Femme in Public South Africa from Jabu Nadia Newman on Vimeo.

Alok Vaid-Menon
Joshua Allen
Kieron Jina
Sandiso ‘Sandi Blouse’ Ngubani
Githan Coopoo
Vuyisani Bisholo
Quaid “Queezy” Heneke

Creative Director
Gavin Mikey Colins

Photography and Videography
Jabu Newman

Alexis ‘Shakalulu’ Strimenos
Charles Mackenzie
Alex Hopkins (Loure Group)
Miguel Vanas


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