TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image


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.

untitled [zola] / [zola] untitled

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.