Tēnā koutou katoa. I am Shanaz Faraji, I am of Maori and Fiji-Indian descent, born and raised in South Auckland. I started my studies at the Faculty of Creative Arts in 2013, with the Foundation Studies Programme. I then progressed on to the Diploma of Visual Arts (DVA) and finally graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA). I plan to continue my studies in the near future with a Postgraduate and Masters degree.


In my practice I work with photography, Photoshop and textiles. My photography explores the concept of self and identity. They portray my questioning responses and the effect it has on me as a Muslim feminist woman.


During my time at FCA, I grew academically and artistically, so much so that my confidence expanded from a shy uncertain individual into a confident presenter with a voice (karanga). FCA’s “Manaakitanga” embraced and engulfed my soul; that’s how I felt as a student.


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