Where hair and art collide
It seems fitting thatÂ the exhibition Doing Hair: Hair andÂ Art in Africa is running at the Wits Art Museum, right in the heart of BraamfonteinÂ with its abundance of hair salons. The museum hopes toÂ draw new visitors and larger audiences with the exhibit, which exploresÂ the political, socio-economic and cultural nuances of hair, particularlyÂ black peopleâ€™s hair.
“The minute that you run a comb through your hair it becomes a cultural object,” she said.
Black hair makes a political statement, even when that is not the intention. The exhibition makes an honest attempt to illustrate thisÂ but one has to ask whether it has done so in an Afrocentric way.
The Wits Art Museum is open 10am to 4pm fromÂ WednesdayÂ untilÂ Sunday. Entrance is free.Â The exhibition runsÂ untilÂ 2 November.Â