We do Black hair proposes to bring together the local African and Caribbean communities as part of OPEN SOURCE Festival through an afro hair event addressing ongoing questions of aesthetic canons, identity politics, and visual representations in the media. This project is informed by the all-too-common experience of the random “Can I touch your hair?” and persisting stigmatization of afro-textured hair.
We do Black hair will bring out the positive aspects of hairstyling as a social and community practice, as an evolving cultural tradition, while highlighting the notion of self-care.
For this event, members of the public will be invited to have their hairstyles photographed by Alice Marcelino as part of her project Kindumba (My Hair) in Kimbundu (one of Angola’s main languages), to celebrate black hair and its diversity by challenging conventional views of standard beauty and the concept of blackness.
This intervention is proposed by curator Christine Eyene in a bid to bridge the gap between local identities and contemporary art.
Born in 1980 in Luanda, Angola, Alice Marcelino grew up in Portugal and has lived in London since 2011. She experienced and explored various art forms, from dance to theatre, before discovering and adopting photography as her main form of expression. Her images reflect her interest in individual stories, exploring concepts of identity and sub-cultures, and their meaning in our globalized world. She is currently completing her BA in Photography at University East London (UEL).
Alice Marcelino was featured in underEXPOSED, a virtual hub founded by British photographer Eileen Perrier to give exposure to a younger generation of photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Visit Alice Marcelino’s website.
OPEN SOURCE 2016
28-29 May from 14.00 to 22.00
London N16 8JH
Free photo session with Alice Marcelino
Saturday 28th from 14.00 to 18.00, no booking required
Photo slideshow on Gillett Square
Sunday 29th from 18.00 to 19.00