Hairstyles have long functioned not only as personal decoration, but also as markers for statements we wish to make about our personal and political place within a culture. Co-opting the language of ethnographic photography, Hairpieceis a representation of how black people in minority western societies navigate personal issues of beauty, culture, artistic expression, identity, place, professionalism and acceptance around their hair.
Hairpiece, Joy, topknot
Hairpiece, tangle, cut
Hairpiece, Anna, dreads, 2
Hairpiece, self-portrait 5, tree
Hairpiece, Binta, bantu knots
Hairpiece, Joan, flip
Hairpiece, Jamal, dreads
Hairpiece, Sofie 1, puff
Hairpiece, Baseba, afro
Hairpiece, self-portrait, afro, profile
Hairpiece, Anna 1, dreads
Hairpice, Gladys, braids
Hairpiece, self-portrait, afro, back
Hairpiece, Isabel, plaits
Hairpiece, Mary, afro
What is the color of the sky in your world?
Simple Hallucinations is a photographic project launched by that query and having a common theme revolving around the concept of the poetry of the ordinary.
The images are a combination of things I see and colors I remember. They are made in different places, but are connected through the search for that fleeting moment when the quotidian becomes hyper-real.
Color has been heightened to convey the feeling I had at the moment of capture, or to describe the memory of another place that the scene reminded me of. These scenes, isolated, taken out of the context of their banality and filtered through the colors of memory, are rendered placeless and tinged with the surreal.
I have lived much of my life as an immigrant in different countries. This sometimes effects a disconnection to the place where I find myself and there are moments when I am acutely aware of my transformation from participant to observer. This dichotomy of presence/absence has been one of the strongest influences on my work.
The ongoing project Displacement deals with the issues of feeling out of place, especially cultural displacement. Being in one place and longing for another.