afaq is a philly-based daughter, with grandmother tendencies. assembled in yemen (from Sudanese parts) afaq considers herself a global citizen of her own country. she is an artist, activist, and educator who seeks to love the world until it loves her back.
my work seeks to return, disrupt and disarm the western gaze. in taking control of my own image, i no longer have to choose between erasure and exotification. i use fabric to represent identity and the barriers i ‘face’ because of it. here and every day, i battle with religion, culture, blackness, love, gender, nationality, and what it means to be seen as other in a world of everyone else.