CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN ART PROJECT ABOUT HAIR

Part of this summer’s 2011 DownStreet Art festival, the exhibition A Social Geography of Hair (July 28 – Aug 21, 2011) curated by Izabel Galliera, aims to map and provoke dialogue on the socially potent use of hair as an artistic and communicative medium for both conveying and transgressing accepted notions of beauty, individuality, gender and culture identity. The exhibition intends to trigger and transform hair’s ubiquitousness into a relational and locally contextualized activator for a shared and open public sphere.

Brooklyn-based artist Aisha Counsin‘s Diva Dutch performance art score requires two black female hairdressers and two black women to design their own “diva” outfits. The hairdressers braid the divas together through 15-foot long hair extensions, which form braided ropes. By acting as guides, the “divas” invite and teach passersby to jump double-dutch in their rope braids, illustrating their role as transmitters of specific cultural traditions.

We are looking for volunteers:

– 2 black (Afro-American, Caribbean, or African) females to act as turners that:
. have hair that is 4 inches or longer and are willing to have their braided into 15 foot ong extensions
. have a sense of style and are willing to create and dress in their “diva” outfits
. know or are willing to learn how to be a spinner/turner for Double Dutch
. are available for practice prior to the performance and the beginning of the 4-hour performance on July 28, 2011

– 2 black (Afro-American, Caribbean, or African) female hairdressers that:
. know how to do extensions and braid cornrows
. are available for practice prior to the performance and the beginning of the 4-hour performance on July 28, 2011

All volunteers will be offered a free lunch and a copy of the video documentation of their performance. The volunteer turners will also receive some jewelry to complete “diva” outfits.


If interested and/or have any questions please contact the exhibition curator, Izabel Galliera at izabelpitt@gmail.com

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