Hair Stories

About the Hair Stories Project

As a mother raising a biracial daughter, I am specifically interested in the intersections of cultural identities visible on our bodies, storytelling through adornment and our carried histories. My practice considers race through the lens of female hair cultural lineages. I see hair as the most malleable part of our bodies.

Hair Stories, an ongoing interactive portraiture and oral history project, is a platform and container for women to share individual hair experiences and perspectives. Slowing down to listen and create this archive, intentionally and methodically, has become a foundational part of my practice.  

This Hair Portraits Series presents a perspective from which we rarely see ourselves, but are often seen. I narrow visual identity to the shape and texture of self. Accompanied by audio recordings, I invite the presence of an absent body through listening.

Our conversations are archived in the Library of Congress in the American Folklife Center. Listen to the stories on the HairStories archive via Storycorps HERE

HAIR STORIES Mobile Photo Booth (part of the Radical Beauty Project)

 

HAIR STORIES Salon Chair Listening Station

Public Art Installation of HAIR STORIES for The Radical Beauty Project

 

Listen to the stories on the HairStories archive on Storycorps HERE