DOING HAIR: ART AND HAIR IN AFRICA
Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

This exhibition celebrates the creativity, individuality and innovation in hairstyling and art, in South Africa, and in other parts of the African continent. The exhibition is sponsored by Black Like Me, South Africa’s iconic hair care company.

This partnership between WAM and Black Like Me, the company who revolutionised the South African hair care industry in the 1980s, makes possible an exciting and highly topical exhibition.

The political, social, cultural and economic implications of hair and hairdressing are explored in the exhibition. It also looks at how hair communicates information about age, religious affiliation, social status, political ideologies and aspirations. Extraordinary objects that are used to protect, style and adorn hair, historical and contemporary artworks, barbershop posters, films and installations from Wits Art Museum and other public and private collections are included.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and an educational resource. An exciting and informative programme of events will take place during the exhibition. There is no cost to visit the museum or attend any of the events, however donations are welcomed. See programme of events for the exhibition here.

Emmanuel's short film 3SAI: A RITE OF PASSAGE was selected by the curators for this exhibition.

 



Links
3SAI: A RITE OF PASSAGE website

Wits Art Museum Website


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