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Alice Marcelino: Kindumba

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On the occasion of OPEN SOURCE 2016 (28-29 May), a public space arts festival initiated by Marie d’Elbée, photographer Alice Marcelino was invited to bring her Kindumba project to Gillett Square in Dalston (London).

Kindumba (2013 to now) meaning My Hair in Kimbundo – one of Angola’s languages – celebrates black hair and its diversity by challenging conventional views of standard beauty and the concept of blackness. This element of the festival, proposed by curator Christine Eyene, sought to bring together the local African and Caribbean communities and address on-going questions relating to aesthetic canons, identity politics, and black visual representations in the media.

Members of the public were invited to have their hairstyles photographed by Alice on Saturday 28. A slideshow of the project with a selection of pictures taken in Gillett Square were then screened on Sunday 29.

Visit Alice Marcelino’s website.

Find out more on Open Source festival.

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