HAIR STORY FEATURING ARTIST LASHONDA COOKS
Black hair has always been more than mere follicles: it’s an economy, physical, spiritual and political. Within this world, there are so many layers. This exhibit will attempt to explore a few. The myths of Black hair. The magic of Black hair. And the Black methods of hair. Myth dissects the misinformation that have been and continue to be spread. Magic explores the concoctions traditionally and currently used to woo the coils, curls and kinks into anything the heart desires. And methods to highlight the often forgotten invisible hands and beings behind the styles. My goal is to provide an immersive hair experience. I’ll be creating paintings featuring local Black women and their hair including portraits of my personal stylists, from my beautician grandmother to my current location as well as a portrait of the late great poet Rage Almighty whose poem on hair sparked the whole concept. I’m also tapping local creators to join me on the visual journey and am planning to include installations by the talented Ciara Bryant and Danielle Demetria, paintings by Art-Fro Kreationz and Youveline Creations, hair photography by FennixRai, video hairart and hairkus by NappyHairAffair’s Linda Jones.