A new exhibition at the Horniman Museum highlights hair’s untold stories, from the meaning and importance of our hair, to how we use is.
The show explores the potential of hair as a material and how it is used in jewellery and dresses to armour and environmental protection.
It also explores our complex relationship with hair – how and why we care so much about our hair, and how hair is entangled with society’s expectations and our relationships to others.
Highlights of the exhibition include a dress made of human hair by artist Jenni Dutton, and two giant wigs – one displayed in the Horniman Gardens – by artist Isaac Olvera.
Also on display is a hair shop installation from Korantema Anyimadu, which explores the experiences of Black women and non-binary people with their hair in the UK.
Sarah Byrne, Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says: “Hair touches on so many aspects of life. It is deeply personal but is also caught up in social relationships and expectations.
“We are delighted to have worked with so many talented artists, collaborators and co-curators in the realisation of this show.
“We know it will start some new and unexpected conversations about hair for our visitors.’
Hair: Untold Stories is open daily except Wednesdays until June 19, 2022.
Pictured: Naga Helmet 1969.239 Hair-Untold Stories credit Horniman Museum and Gardens Ebba Sjöqvist hair brooch courtesy of Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp @HornimanMuseumandGardens
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