Exhibition: Hairtage: Tangled, Twisted, and Black

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021 at 10:00am

Cypress College Art Gallery
9200 Valley View Street,
Cypress, CA 90630

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Hairtage: Tangled, Twisted, & Black  
Curated by Nzuji De Magalhaes

Natural black hair reveals the root, the source of the African within, and the anti-western “primitive” being. Due to its uncivil and pure nature, the untamed rebellion of natural black hair is anthropologically viewed as exotic and animalistic. Its foreign stature is seen as a threat, a criminal, a terrorist, a lure to the body and soul of its “civilized” colonial victims.  

Enslaving the leader who wears the bush crown is the only way to tame the African beast.

Westernized black hair is an eradication of cultural identity and pride. Something that is normal and naturally conceived is viewed as an error and an embarrassment. Worse, its concealment is accepted as natural by its own grower.  

Though centuries have passed, the need to be accepted by the colonial white master is still felt by the colonized black (person). This is understandable. They were ripped away from their natural black mothers, abducted and terrorized by adopted parents who wanted them only for their labor. What then can a black child do if not try to please this foreign parent?

Conformity, obedience, and submissiveness were the only ways to achieve small acceptance and the illusion of freedom.

Natural black hair, the direct link that bonds the soul to its root, must be tamed so that the wearer can be a sheep to the white Western god; can be educated in the rules created by the white Western leader, regardless of his rank; can be a second-class example of an idealized sophisticated being; can be a commercialized product, a comedian, a criminal, an entertainment for the world to see.

Date: January 21 – March 25, 2021

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