FKA twigs debuts new short film empowering women, ‘We are the Womxn’
English singer-songwriter FKA twigs released a new short film, We are the Womxn, on July 9. The three-minute video, created as part of WeTransfer’s WePresent series, documents the artist’s time in Atlanta during and after her 2019 performance at the Afropunk Festival. In addition to her closing set at the festival, twigs hosted a women-centered celebration featuring a moon dance led by spiritual leader, Queen Afua, and a gathering at Blue Flame, Atlanta’s first black strip club.
The film details these events, capturing twigs, her fans, and the dancers at Blue Flame dancing for one another in a celebration of their own femininity. The result is a stunning and empowering tapestry of female power and healing.
The reason for holding the event at Blue Flame is twofold. First, to pay homage to an essential landmark in the history of Atlanta hip-hop, and second, to turn the tables on a patriarchal, male-dominated space, celebrating pole dance as an art form as opposed to an object of male fantasy.
Speaking on the experience, twigs said,
“My experience at the Blue Flame solidified that, although historically [women] are often pitched against each other because of their looks or their assets by the patriarchy, when left to our own devices we are incredibly nurturing and healing for each other.”
Featured image: Michael Zorn
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