Haas Brothers: Volume 2, Afreaks
Text by Simon Haas, Emily Tracy-Haas, and Chee Pearlman and an introduction by Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman
This publication celebrates the Afreaks series of sculptural furniture and objects, designed and produced by The Haas Brothers and The Haas Sisters, in South Africa and Los Angeles, between 2014 and 2015.
The second book in a series by the designers The Haas Brothers focuses on fantastical hand-beaded and bronze animal sculptures which they call Afreaks. The Afreaks were produced in South Africa in close collaboration with a group of traditional bead artists in a segregated township outside of Cape Town called Khayelitsha.
The Afreaks, like all freaks, stand out for their nonconformism and, like all freaks, represent an uninhibited expression of individuality. The book not only documents these sculptures but also the emotional and life-changing journey to create them with a close-knit group of women who came to dub themselves the Haas Sisters.