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Hair: Untold Stories – Join our advisory panel

Hair is so familiar to us that we rarely stop to think about what an extraordinary fibre it is.

Hair, Untold Stories (opening October 2021) invites visitors to confront their own relationship to their hair, whilst exploring the many unexpected stories from the local to the global context.

The exhibition will explore how hair is not a neutral material, but entangled with wider expectations around beauty, politics, religion, identity, gender, ethnicity and race. It will also ask why we are so emotionally invested in our hair.

Many of the stories, collections, films and artworks featured relate to Black hair. We are working with a range of curators, artists and facilitators to develop this content and to tell a variety of stories.

We are now looking for six panel members to respond to the narratives/artworks and stories relating to Black hair in the exhibition, the emphasis and tone of voice and to provide recommendations to the Horniman.

Discussions will take place over three Zoom sessions, each one and a half hours long:

  • Panel 1: Tuesday 10 November, 4 – 5.30pm
  • Panel 2: Tuesday 24 November, 4 – 5.30pm
  • Panel 3: Tuesday 15 December, 4 – 5.30pm

Panel members will be asked to attend two of the three Zoom sessions (a total of three hours).  As a thank you for taking part, you will receive a £30 book token.

The panel will be chaired by Rose Sinclair, Goldsmiths University.

If you are interested to be involved or have any questions, please get in touch with Sarah Byrne, SByrne@horniman.ac.uk by Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Header photo of Rambisayi Marufu by Panos Damaskinidis for INFRINGE magazine.