Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason:
Doing Hair, an exhibition that aimed to explore the sociocultural representation of hair in Africa fails to address the right questions.
A collection of brightly coloured, painted barbershop signs lined the entrance to Doing Hair: Art and Hair in Africa, an exhibition that aimed to explore hairdressing and the sociocultural representation of hair in Africa.
Other hair-related objects, such as wooden makipo helmets (used during initiation rituals in Mozambique and southern Tanzania) and photographs by Pieter Hugo of black judges in white wigs, filled two levels of the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The gallery space was divided into four parts during its three-month run, which ended this week: hair paraphernalia, hair and how it relates to society’s standards of beauty, barbershop culture and depilation…
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