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)
Just found out: my favorite song from Saul's Vulcanic Sunlight has a video. And what a lovely little video it is!
"This video for the single 'Fall Up' from Saul Williams' current release 'Volcanic Sunlight' includes footage from the short film 'pencil and graphite' by Steven Foley, originally photographed on February 22, 1992.
'pencil and graphite' stars Saul Williams and Tanika Ray in what is believed to be their first ever appearances on film.
Originally edited with a soundtrack that included samples of songs from Depeche Mode, John Coltrane and Big Audio Dynamite, this version of the film/video was inspired by and created specifically to accompany Williams' track 'Fall Up'."
This is the jacket Robyn wore during the Body Talk Tour in the states in 2011, I bought in Tokyo and it's size 36, unfortunately a little bit to small for me. I'm cleaning out my office, moving in to a new one, a 2FACED1 - Konichiwa office, wihooo! Will get more things up on EBAY, working on it, but until then I post this rarity here first since it has happened that people contact me directly anyway.
If you live in Stockholm it's yours for 2000 SEK to pick up, 2200 SEK if you want to receive it by mail. it you're based in Europe 260 Euro including postage, 350 USD incl. postage if your ass is parked in the States. Hollur at email@example.com. First come first served...
Yesterdays Swedish Radio's P1 Stil included parts of the parallel history in their Prep theme (lord know it would have been way to boring otherwise...!) and your truly helped them out with that part! The host, journalist Susanne Ljung gives you the context of Prep, Trad, Ivy League and all in between, while my part (starts 40 min in, but don't skip the framework) focus on how Lo-Lifes racked the LO in POLO from Ralph Lauren, over to Tommy Hilfiger and Grand Puba, Snoop at SNL, Aaliyah and so on. Grand Puba brought Hilfiger to my world, dropping a classic line in 360 Degrees.
What's always crucial in the discussion of Prep is: who wears it in what context? One example: is there a difference in wearing a preppy style as a white person in a white majority culture compered to being a black or brown person wearing it preppy in a majority culture that is white? Us 2FACED1s are, as I say in the end of the interview, always used to put style in a social context.
(P1 Stil is in Swedish)
Puba, with his classic feature on Mary J.'s "What's The 411" remix, has our lady with him on "Check It Out", now offucially dubbed as theme of the night!
We are going through pretty vivid times in Sweden at the moment, the way I see it the last piece of the intersectionality puzzle: the discussion about racism and Swedish exceptionalism, is finally starting, slowly, making it's way up on the official Sweden's agenda. Soon we can start working through things for realZ!
Had a coffee with Mr Timbuktu yesterday, agreeing on the fact how it's a good thing when people show their true colors and most of all; a lot of good folks you didn't know about, stepping up. Timbuk has done one of my favorite Swedish rap songs ever "Jag Drar" (2002) (basically "I'm Out"), it nails the ambivalent feeling I've had in the back of my head since I turned eighteen and could move, more or less. I travel but the base is still Sweden. So I suppouse that means we need to keep stepping and get those changes made here. Now.
Oivvio Polite's nifty timeline including all articles concerning the debate in Sweden on Racism, Tintin, Wirsén etc. Extra Highlights on:
- Ylva Habel, Scholar and Lecturer, Media & Communications, who we invited for the Black Face panel talk has written an extremely important piece about Sweden in SvD. It sums up pretty much everything that we have been talking about as problematic with this country. A MUST READ for all Swedes (hopefully we can get a sort of translation sooner or later) "Den Svenska vithetens blinda fläck".
- Extra <3 to our 2FACED1-bro Nathan Hamelberg in Nya Vågen (Radio) who's breaking down something very personal on one hand, in a carefully prepared vocuabulary, for the ones who don't understand, to understand.
Fashion is a small part of the daily work of a 2FACED1 so a Fashion Week in Sthlm doesn't mean going to every attendable show, but there are some I couldn't miss. Like Hernández Cornet!
"Deeply affected by sartorial codes of MTV, it is an experiment in work wear, baggy jeans and denim bras. Yet these fashionable images of street credibility are programmatically rebuilt: dungarees are worn as dresses endorsed with delicate thin straps, overalls are made of sheer crystal organza and PVC...
...While the garments feel familiar and their construction remain identical, the qualities are replaced. Denim wear without denim. Utility without function...
...A Study of anti-suburbia that creates it's own status symbols."
TOP 3 with designer Ana, that's Ms Hernandez to you (or just plain "Hernández" as I usually grunt when I call her up, Lumpen-style).
The 2FACED1 honorary member, Saul Williams, breaks it down the way only he can:
"My question to you tonight is,
what is your mind's immigration policy?
Do you detain foreign thoughts that may have entered your mind illegally
against the wishes of your parents, pastors, teachers, leaders,
or perhaps simply against the security of your own comfort?
Are there other thoughts that you have perhaps allowed to go unchecked,
unquestioned because they seem aligned with your so-called identity?
Are you certain that you are not a victim of identity fraud?"
I'm calling it a true privilege to hang out with Saul in the beginning of 2011 in Paris some months before he released Volcanic Sunlight. we listened to some of the, then not yet released, songs, checked out Spoek's "Control" video and also stopped by Damir's house of Doma fashion. A visit that resulted in Saul Williams in Damir Doma for the Berlin Film Festival and the screening of TEY by Dirctor Alain Gomis. (PS read a review over at Africiné by Katarina Hedrén).
Few people I know can live up to the title "Stylosopher" as this man can.
Joey Fever / Oscar Stenberg / ALoweThing / Anna Ninja / Linn Marcusson / Taro / Shamoun / Mia Ray / Danne Mogues / Anton Palm / Brandy / Alexander Salzberger / Jonas Erdenborg
Linda Shalabi / Fredrik Quiñones / Zhala / Robyn / Saga Berlin / Zelam Fessahaye / Robin Tumpum Peters / Bianca Traum
Louise Zetterström Diemtitri / Dijle Yigitbas / Alex Dabo / Apollo / Gnučči
The paper version of Rodeo dedicated 8 (!) pages to 2FACED1 in the Autumn edition, and is finally out! Quickly organized, including ca thirty 2FACED1s who happened to have the physical location of Stockholm at the time for the shoot.
Something sounding wrong with that sentence? Hell yes, the 2FACED1s are located all over the globe, not dependent on geographical position...so a picture of full physical presence would not be possible (plus the fact that we don't even know all 2FACED1s...)! Anyway, the photo above is a loose pharaprase on something that has been considered very "Swedish", the family picture in Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny & Alexander", and that Sweden doesn't look that way today is NO NEWS at all for US...but shockingly still, following the discussions in media last year, it's pretty clear how not everyone living in Sweden has the same right to shape what that thing now called "Swedish" is.
In other words; there are contradictions in this picture, buuuut since we have a double folded view on things we can take, for instance, being Transnational and Swedish at the same time! Plus this doesn't focus on all other aspects you have to have in check, keeping your stereotypophobia intact.
(for me personlly i think it's part a tribute to my secondary school Gränby in Uppsala...cause I never really grow up)
The article is a dialogue between me and another 2FACED1; Nathan Hamelberg (but would have been as interessting between any other two people on photos), we did it in June and a smalll part of it is included on their web (in Swedish), but the paper Rodeo has an English attachment in the magazine - go cop that!
BUT: I felt we had to cook up at least a version of the pic featuring some of the very important 2FACED1s that didn't had the opportunity to join us, very few of them live here in Sweden. With just thirty spots we've missed some of you, so we better do a third version soon, I know!
Neo Slater / Rokk / Shukrie Joel / Karin Wearn / Helen Ghebre / Ulli Bjare / Harnet Berhe / Sabina Kasper / Mie Anton / Yared Zeleke / Mela Tesfazion / Asmeret Lumax / Lina Wendle / Rodan Tekle
Mira Bajagic / Amelian Kashiro Hamilton / Nadia El Imam / Karin Robert / Maceo Frost / Giovana Ordoñez Pari /Nathan Hameberg / Tiffany Godoy / Fatima Bramme Sei
Ghazal Amin / Sara Tillman / Kirikoo Des / Spoek Mathambo / Pernilla Philip
Löve you all!
Video from the shoot by Julia and Jonas for 2FACED1! Song: Mayer Hawthorne Green Eyed Love
is our Editor-In-Chief and founder of the 2FACED1 project.
Stereotypophobe, stylosopher, popculture head and first and foremost a 2FACED1. Net-native based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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METAL MAGAZINE described her as follows:
”Decida is a pop cultural nerd, music fiend and global inner-city citizen based in Stockholm. A "Jackie" of many trades who realized that the message is more important than the type of media you're working with, She has a background in social studies and graphic design, and is currently a Creative Director and a stylist or "Stylosopher", as she likes to say. "I'm one who uses clothing as codes for identity, knows the brand history both the official one and the one of the streets and sees style as a reaction of the society it's created in" she says."