Can you tell us a little about your initial concept behind ‘Lo que se (lle)va’? Lo que se lleva means to show what we take off, to reveal or exhibit what is not seen. We show success, likes, photographable breakfasts, the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous. But we hide the ill- being or the condition of being deficient in health, happiness or prosperity, the feeling of loneliness when someone leaves us. And sometimes we try to face those things with a nice haircut. Lo que se lleva is a texture of the useless; a concept materialised with hair tufts of different colours from people of all ages, genders, classes and race, representing stories that for any reason have been cut off, and through this project they find a new meaning.
What was the process for sourcing and organizing the hair? It took months to collect all that hair from different salons. When we had it all, we divided it by colours and tried to clean the tufts as much as we could.
What does hair mean to you? And what is your relationship with your own hair? I’m lucky to have a lot of hair so I can play with it. I’ve been shaved and also had very long hair. I like to cut it myself; it redefines my character, but I forget about it very often too. Sometimes people say you are leaving your hair long and I answer “no, my hair is just growing.”