I walk into the back gallery of Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill. 2Fik glides across the room with a graceful swing of the hips, like a runway model in full strut. He’s wearing grey and black high heels with an open toe. He extends his hand.
2Fik lives in Montreal, though he explains to me that he considers himself stateless, having grown up in Casablanca and Paris with his Moroccan family. His show at Invisible Dog Gallery, on Bergen near Smith, is an exploration of sexual identity, religion, family affairs and cultural mores. It’s on view through Sunday and totally worth a stroll to Boerum Hill.
2Fik’s show consists of photos of the artist in 11 characters, acting out a narrative about a traditional Muslim couple struggling with modern western life, religion, politics, sexuality.
Though most of the photos have at least four or five characters in them, each is 2Fik, dressed for each character, photographed in sequence and then Photoshopped together to look like a single moment in time.
“It’s a deep reflection on the human being,” 2Fik says. “My work is all about questioning identity in the large sense of it.”
Each of 2Fik’s 11 characters have a distinct identity, a name, an age, a story.
“They are people inside of me” he says. “With them all out there, you have no choice but to face the questions and try to find solutions.”
For one of the photos, the artist went to a park in Montreal with his suitcase of stuff and gear. He found a grassy area near water and undressed to a black bikini, a pink hijab (head scarf) and a long, flowing pink ribbon. And then he began to dance and frolick and leap around for the photo.
“People were looking, like, what is that guy doing? What is going on?” 2Fik says. “But that’s art. Art is not comfortable. I’m used to it.”
2Fik may or may not do a performance at the gallery this weekend. Check out one of his former pieces: High He/High Heels.
51 Bergen, by Smith St.