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What do we feel about our hair?

How do we view it differently when cut from the head?

From intimate personal stories, to unexpectedly global tales about hair’s circulation around the world, Hair! Human Stories explores our curious relationship to hair. Encounter strange artworks made from hair, see images of hair harvests and wig manufacture past and present, and learn about hair’s recycling possibilities.

Curated by Emma Tarlo, anthropologist and author of Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, the exhibition invites you to confront hair – the original human fibre.

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Jenni Dutton, Human Hair Dress / photo: Nigel Lenton
Hairpurse-photo Harriet Hall
Tabitha Moses, Hairpurse, 2004
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Jane Hoodless, Hair Receivers, 2017

Hair! Human Stories runs from 7 -26th June, Tuesdays – Saturdays 11-6pm, Free Entry.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and workshops that are free and open to the public. Details below.

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Sanne Visser, The New Age of Trichology, 2016 – present
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Sanne Visser, The New Age of Trichology, 2016 – present

RECYCLING HAIR

Saturday 9 June, 11 – 4pm, Free Entry
Demonstrations and Workshops. Join the activities led by young designers.
Alix Bizet: Felting Human Hair
Sanne Visser: Making human hair rope


 

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Stills, This Hair of Mine, A film by Cyndia Harvey, Directed by Akinola Davies Jr (aka Crackstevens), 2016

THE ART AND POLITICS OF BLACK HAIR

Thursday 14 June, 7pm, Free Entry
Film screening of Cyndia Harvey’s film, This Hair of Mine.
Round table discussion with Akinola Davies Jr (film director), Adom Heron (anthropologist) and Emma Dabiri (author).


 

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Sally Kindberg, Hair 

PICTURING HAIR – DRAWING WORKSHOP

Saturday 16 June, 11 – 4pm, Free Entry
Try your hand at exploring the wonders of hair in a drop-in drawing workshop run by Sally Kindberg, author and illustrator of the popular children’s book, Hair.


 

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Hair weaves on the factory floor in China before export to West Africa and USA / photo: Emma Tarlo

HAIR CONVERSATIONS

Thursday 21 June, 7pm, Free Entry
Join exhibition curator Emma Tarlo, Emma de Clercq (Features Editor of INFRINGE), Susan Hackett (hairdresser), Jane Hoodless and Sarah Cheang (artists) and Gary Price (medical wig specialist), for a round table discussion about the multiple meanings of hair.


 

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Tabitha Moses, Hair Sampler (detail), 2004

HAIR EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Saturday 23 June, 2 – 5pm, Free Entry
Workshop led by artist, Tabitha Moses. Try your hand at embroidering with human hair, guided by Tabitha.

Materials provided!


 

Credits

Hair! Human Stories is hosted by INFRINGE

Address The Library Space Website thelibraryspace.com
108 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LY London
Dates 7 – 26th June
Opening Hours Tuesdays – Saturdays 11am – 6pm, Free Entry
Images Akinola Davies Jr, Jenni Dutton, Cyndia Harvey, Sally Kindberg, Nigel Lenton, Tabitha Moses, Emma Tarlo, Sanne Visser, Jane Hoodless

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