As the first stop on Kate Fielding’s Churchill Fellowship Kate and I joined “Queering Hair” a wonderful live art project in Edinburgh coordinated by Richard Houguez. After the break is more info’ from the Live Art Development Agency website on the project. A gallery of ‘best of’ images will be posted soon, following approvals on the pics from the group.
Richard Houguez Queering hair: A gathering of radical hairdressers With Forest Fringe How can we as hairdressers accommodate the expression of identity? Is it all about style and aesthetic? What is it about salons that makes the hair on our necks tingle with possibility? Project summary: This is an opportunity for radical hairdressers of varying skills and experience, self-taught and qualified alike, to share their approaches, techniques and experiences in a two-day gathering, with the possibility of a further public event if desired. The premise is to explore the act of hairdressing within the contexts of queer strategies, political intimacies and as moments of transformation or empowerment. Even within commercial hairdressing, the practice of cutting hair is acknowledged as an affective labour, in that it engages in an emotionally and socially supportive way for all forms of community, including queer affinities. As hairdressers situated within our respective cultures, networks, and communities, what possibilities do we produce and reproduce each time we cut hair?
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