2FACED1.com shows one persons two different faces in photos;
Persona 1: WHAT YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS
Persona 2: WHAT YOU FEAR TO BE CONSIDERED AS
This leads to a discussion about stereotypes and inner fears of getting misunderstood by the surroundings. Thoughts that every thinking modern day person does reflect upon. We're asking every day people from an innercity context where old categories as ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality and class are reassessed, why they choose to look like they do. We’re diggin' deep, peeling off garments, codes and attributes. We’re searching for transnational identities - is the conclusion that we choose whoever we want to be today?!
A 2FACED1 STATE OF MIND
A 2FACED1 is highly aware of existing stereotypes related to your own ethnicity, color, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and class. You’re trying to avoid them but sometimes also play with them to make people think twice about who you are. Two faced doesn’t mean anything negative here, it explains the double folded view you have on identity if you’re not the existing norm. Self awareness is a gift, because it also helps you to understand other peoples situations better. To be a 2FACED1 is to have the feet in different worlds, be able to move between them but feel rather at home in that space in between. You've stepped out of your comfort zone and has become one of the new identities where ol' categories are mashed up and rootlessness and non-given identity just means major possibilities.
2FACED1 is a state of mind, 2FACED1.com is a display-window for this mindset and the network of 2FACED1 includes all of you progressive non-stereotypes with a double perspective on identity.
Decida - Editor, Founder, Creative Director (Stockholm) Oscar Stenberg - Web, Photography (Stockholm) Linn Marcusson - Writer, Style Assistant (Gypsie's Mega Trip) (Stockholm) Spoek Mathambo - (the Zombo Blog) (Johannesburg) Alex Dabo - ( the Do The Dabo Blog) (Stockholm) Mira Bajagic - Event / Production (London) Pernilla Philip - Design (Amsterdam)
*Their name 'UB40' stands for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. The band named themselves after the paper form issued by the UK government's Department of Employment for claiming the dole. *
It's been about 10 years now since i started becoming truly closer to my father, miles away from that ashy little boy cursing feverishly into a pillowcase...Praying violently, *dear god, please kill him...Please. Amen*.
But it was that scrict, sometimes sullen and bitter father that i knew as a small boy who would also happily treat us to chicken licken, or rotisery chicken and fresh buns in brixton, as part of a saturday ritual of outings. We'd leave soweto early in the morning after a big breakfast and take the m1 north, a highway usually so congested during the week, also enjoying a two day break before once more being a mainline of johannesburg's workforce.
The drive would take us to sandton, or norwood and we would shop in our matching lacoste polo shirts, (often to my boredom), i would sulk and we would drive home through nasrec and back to rockville, soweto. We'd spend a lot of those long hot johannesburg days in the car, and i strongly remember one particular set of years where the tape deck was ruled by ub40.
When I was 6, there was a school production put on, and the lead number was Red Wine, which I still hate to this day because of the day's occurences.---a long story i'll tell some other day
I turned 13 and the mere mention of the letter *u* next to the number *40* would make me vomit a little bit in my mouth. I had confused pro black politics swirling in my head and elvis and ub40 fell under my amateur farrakhaning.
I've since become a rocksteady/ska fan in a way, and i love how ub40 falls into that *version* culture...so much so that it informs a lot of the work that i do (eg I just finished a project covering South African classics http://motel11.tv/).
This last year has been funny, for finally recognising myself to be a fully fledged adult, potbelly and all. I get so nostalgic and foggy hearing their music, so much so that when i went back to johannesburg a couple of months ago to work on some new productions, we spent an unhealthy amount of time deconstructing ub40 songs trying to find what was so damn good about them. We ended up making dub on one side...And a very boisterous bass bomb. Nothing close to the smooth pop reggea sound so embedded in the uk's assimilation of jamaican music and culture.
"Spoek Mathambo is a slippery post-Apartheid glam-rap prince from Soweto who is descended from distant African royalty, or Jewish, or both" - FADER MAGAZINE
Part of a new breed of African artists, 25 year old Spoek Mathambo (Rapper and Graphic Designer/ Illustrator) is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. Spoek sees himself as a part of a new wave of energy in Africa, which is intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture.
THE BLOG "I write and draw. My content focus will be music and visual art...as well as documenting my travels as a musician. Expect loads and loads of club tropicana...club music of Africa, the Carribean and South America. "
WATCH OUT! Cause sometimes GNUCCI BANANA bumrushes the Zombo Island!