It seems fitting that the exhibition Doing Hair: Hair and Art in Africa is running at the Wits Art Museum, right in the heart of Braamfontein with its abundance of hair salons. The museum hopes to draw new visitors and larger audiences with the exhibit, which explores the political, socio-economic and cultural nuances of hair, particularly black people’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 this but one has to ask whether it has done so in an Afrocentric way.
The Wits Art Museum is open 10am to 4pm from Wednesday until Sunday. Entrance is free. The exhibition runs until 2 November.