Hair Stories

HAIR STORIES PROJECT

As a white American woman working to unravel my racial identity and perspective within our American culture, I have been developing a documentary photography and storytelling project based on listening.  Hair Stories is an interactive project exploring women’s hair as a cultural crossroads to examine identity, traditions and stereotyping I invite women to sit face to face, one on one, in real time and space, and share their experiences with hair, identity, and race. With this open platform, we are exploring hair as a cultural crossroads to express the stories of our heritage as women, transitional and transformational moments in our personal histories, our interactions with others, as well as the assumptions and stereotypes all around us. This project considers the politicization of hair as it can be used to divide and categorize people, and how through sharing our stories and histories of identity, we can work to build solidarity with empathy and understanding.

 

Listen to the stories on the HairStories archive on Storycorps HERE