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Hair Stories presents a variety of whimsical scenarios with hair at their centre. Created by Hungarian-born photographer Pol Kurucz, the series was crafted together with wig artists Wellington Fontinele and Emily Santos. A former finance manager and theatre director, Kurucz’s career took a dramatic turn in 2011 when he founded Kolor Art Collective, a group of six creatives whose combines skills include set design, styling, designing and retouching. Together they have created a provocative body of work which delves into subjects including gender, feminism and the politics of beauty.

Now based between Sao Paulo and New York, Kurucz continues to create exciting new imagery in his signature eye-popping aesthetic. We spoke to him about the themes at the heart of Hair Stories.

Pecilgirl
Pecilgirl

How would you describe your photographic style? Non primary, non binary.

How would you descibe the ethos of Kolor Art CollectiveTo question all norms, aesthetics, genders etc. Getting the best professionals, artists and tools on board to be loud enough and reach as many people as we can.

What are the most exciting and challenging elements of creating as a collective? The most challenging is giving each other creative space while maintaining a consistent visual identity, and protect egos while shaking them up. The most exciting thing is, without a doubt, exploring new grounds together.

Cocaine
Cocaine
Psychotrip
Psychotrip
Diva
Diva

What is the inspiration behind Hair StoriesIt was inspired by one of my favourite songs by India.Arie, which is called I Am Not My Hair, but extended to all races. Hair Stories is about what women want to say through their hair, what their hair says about them, and the underlying contradictions between the two.

Is the series an extension of the themes you have explored in the past? Totally – with Hair Stories we were exploring how unusual, eccentric and non-conformist hair can be an expression of the female soul, but also how sometimes it can betray it, be its own dissonant voice.

Fake News Matter
Fake News Matter
The Fish
The Fish

What were some of the ideas behind the hairstyles? Each hairstyle was designed to interpret the intricacies of each character’s soul. Take the Fake News Matter image, the black news anchor is lifting her fist to denounce discrimination but has flamboyant blonde hair, which can be interpreted as a symbol of opposite social forces.

Which is your favourite image from the series? The Fish, because it reminds me of how human fantasy is able to inject a different story for each viewer into a simple, minimalist composition. I personally see a woman in 1960s London, taking automatic stairs while staring at a fish taking her own automatic stairs nonchalantly in her own Fish London.

Tour de Hair
Tour de Hair
You’ve got Mail
You’ve Got Mail
Credits

Images Pol Kurucz Website polkurucz.com
Hair Wellington Fontinele (Wig designer) Emily Santos (Wig production coordinator)
Interview Magdalena Frank

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