This new exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair.
From jewellery and dresses to armour and environmental protection, the show highlights the qualities of hair as a material. It also explores our complex relationship with hair both on, and off, our heads – how and why we care so much about our hair, and how hair is entangled with society’s expectations and our relationships to others.
Weaving in stories from Forest Hill hairdressers to the global hair trade, and featuring the work of artists, filmmakers, designers and members of the public, Hair: Untold Stories is intimate, surprising and wide-ranging.
The exhibition also features an installation from Korantema Anyimadu. The hair shop installation explores the experiences of Black women and non-binary people with their hair in the UK.
Featuring work from artists, filmmakers and curators including:
- Stacy Bias
- Jenni Dutton
- Erwan Fichou
- Jane Hoodless
- Keith Jarrett
- Julian Knxx
- Habiba Nabisubi
- Isaac Olvera
- Farrah Riley Gray
- Anna Sparr
- Studio Swine
- Sanne Visser
- Hiromo Yamazki
- Ryo Yamazki
Curated in partnership with Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Emma Tarlo and Goldsmiths, University of London. Hair: Untold Stories is the inaugural exhibition created for the Museums and Galleries Network for Exhibition Touring (MAGNET). The lead curator for the Horniman is Dr Sarah Byrne.
Banner image and exhibition illustrations by Habiba Nabisubi.
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INFRINGE’s Cult Hair is a photography series that celebrates hair unrestrained by mainstream beauty standards. Cult Hair highlights the power and beauty of people living out their true form. Ordinary people with extraordinary hair.
Intimate Archives is a free display offering a window into African diasporic social experiments, rituals, and practices of hair care. This exhibition is an assemblage of personal and found collections, Horniman Museum archives, and artistic collaborations. It articulates hair as a site of Black feminist care, community, and possibility.
Curated by Rambisayi Marufu, the exhibition includes work by Gelila Negussie, Olivia Ema, Ebun Oduwole and Foluke Taylor.
Your image will be weathered but never taken away, 2017
Created by artist Isaac Olvera, these giant natural hair wigs were first shown at Bold Tendencies in Peckham in 2017. Over time their exposure to the elements will weather the wigs, and alter the hair.
These wigs are on display in the exhibition and also in the Horniman Gardens.
Highlights from Hair: Untold Stories
Curators and collaborators
- Alix Bizet, in collaboration with Aasha John and students from Haberdashers’ Knights Academy, Bromley
- Cat Dunne, in collaboration with the Halo Collective
- Vibha Joshi and Anungla Aier
- Rose Sinclair