Hair Stories is an ongoing interactive portraiture and oral history project. It is a platform for women and gender non-conformers 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 art practice.
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 our human experience through the lens of female hair cultural lineages. I see hair as the most malleable part of our bodies.
In this Hair Portrait Series, looking at a person from the back presents a perspective from which we rarely see ourselves, but are often seen. The images narrow our visual identity to the shape and texture of self. Sharing the audio dialogue, I invite a reconsideration of our human relationships 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
3351 Grand Avenue, Oakland
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 Archive HERE