Upon returning to South Africa for introductions with the Monkeybiz team, 15 artists from Khayelitsha were waiting to greet them. Simon and Nikolai Haas met Community Director Mathapelo Ngaka, “the group’s benevolent matriarch”, and christened the collaboration, ongoing from 2014-to-date, as ‘Afreaks.’ The name perfectly describes the theme of the project which is to shed a light on those who flow through society, both local and global, marginalized and as outsiders, economically and creatively. The creatures and artworks born from the process reflect the nature and beauty of being ‘freaky,’ an effort in reclaiming the word from bullies and malice. “We bond over our common otherness.” And what a sight the creatures are indeed! From pouty duck lips to long-hanging tongues, the story is given life in the physical world.