Femme in Public South Africa

Directed By Jabu Nadia Newman | 

Femme in Public South Africa is a showcase of a femme queer collective in south africa who band together to empower themselves as a group versus being vulnerable a lone.

Production Details & Description

December 2016 popped off with a fierce and unapologetic bang as US performance artist /activist /poet Alok Vaid-Menon joined forces with some of South Africa’s trans and gender-non-
conforming artists in a creative collaboration titled “Femme in Public”.

“Femme in Public” saw the Vaid-Menon team up with Cape Town stylists, designers, photographers, musicians, writers, activists and performance artists to document a live fashion protest across the streets of Cape Town. Superbalist fashion maven Gavin Mikey Collins co-ordinated and directed the shoot that saw the likes of Umlilo, Kieron Jina, Sandiso Ngubane, Githan Coopoo, Vuyisani Bisholo, Quaid “Queezy” Heneke and Joshua Allen disrupt 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.”

Photographers and videographers Jabu Newman, Alexis ‘Shakalulu’ Strimenos, Charles Mackenzie, Alex Hopkins (Loure Group) and Miguel Vanas who are from all over the world but currently based in Cape Town helped bring this celebration to life visually.

This resulted in a photo shoot for the gawds, workshops and a performance event by Alok Vaid-Menon featuring Umlilo, Kieron Jina, Sandi Blouse and Shaheed Martin at Cape Town’s Deuce Bar. ‘Femme in Public II’ took place at Industry in Johannesburg featuring Umlilo, Fela Gucci, Kieron Jina and Tazme Pillay.