Hair Stories collected at the Jamaica Biennial 2017

Thanks to all of you who participated already... still going on until May 28 at the National Gallery of Jamaica.


Photo: Barbers of Freetown and Vietnam

Pictures by  Olivia Acland
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(...) Barbers also take on the role of counsellors, listening to clients agonise over their love lives or confide in them about family crises. The barber shop provides a safe space for people to sit back and unwind - after all, it's important to feel relaxed as someone takes a knife to your chin or a pair of scissors to your head. (...)

Hair: the film - the song

Hair is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical about a Vietnam War draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. The film was directed by MiloŇ° Forman.
(source: wikipedia

The musical’s title song begins as character Claude slowly croons his reason for his long hair, as tribe-mate Berger joins in singing they deem they “don’t know.” They lead the tribe, singing “Give me a head with hair,” “as long as God can grow it,” listing what they want in a head of hair and their uses for it. Later the song takes the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the tribe punning “Oh say can you see/ My eyes if you can/Then my hair’s too short!” Claude and Berger’s religious references continue with many a “Hallelujah” as they consciously compare their hair to Jesus’s, and if Mary loved her son, “why don’t my mother love me?”
The song shows the Tribe's enthusiasm and pride for their hair as well as comparing Claude to a Jesus figure.

(Source: wikipedia


Jamaica Biennial 2017 : Installation of the Hair Project

Exhibition until May 28 at the National Gallery (Kingston). The Biennial have also 2 others venues: Devon House (Kingston) and National Gallery West (Montego Bay) with 90 artists and more than 160 works…

Thanks for your Hair Stories at Jamaica Biennial


Hair Protest

Hair can be used as means to protest against the established order. Whatever the place or the moment in history, the established order is always very clear on what is the "hair norm", which hair styles are acceptable and which ones are not. Hair is the easiest part of the body to modify (without changes having to be irreversible): an obvious, visible and clear way to protest against reigning order.
This French documentary highlights different protests, from the 20th century until now.

By the 1950s, rockers set the tone with their lubricated bananas, which, combined with a proletarian look, shocked a conformist and materialist America. In the sixties appear the long hair of the hippies and the proud afros of the black community. This time, it is a question of freeing itself from racist diktats and of claiming a desire for freedom and peace during the war of Vietnam. Then punks, skinheads and rastas let the reigns run free, with their mohawks, baldheads and dreadlocks respectively. An all-round capillary provocation that prefigures the great blend of today's hairstyles: XXL banana and peroxidised crests spread from one end of the world to the other and are worn without any particular claims. But hair can still regain its subversive power outside Western countries, or through recent movements like afropunk.



History of Hairs

Qing Dynasty - China - 1644-1911
Venus of Willendorf 
found in Austria - 25,000 years B.C.

Website about Hair in the History, beginning in the Prehistory until now, in Western world (check Old Age to see about Egypt, China, India, Middle East with interesting documents, sometimes until now - obvious lacke of information about Africa, South America, Australia). Production by an hairdresser, Gustavo Briand - Research by Pablo Briand (US) - sources mentioned.

Louise Brooks - US - 20e
It include too a History of the Barbers, technical informations about hair and a MYTHOLOGY part with this different stories:
The Norse Goddess Sif (Norse Mythology)
Medusa (Roman Mythology)
Samson (Hebrew and Christian)
Rapunzel (Brothers Grimm fairy - Germany 19s)


Hair Story by A.R.

My hair is looked at as a way to identify me. I usually don’t identify with them conclusions.

A.R., 32, Female, Trinidad

Hair Story by A.

I have been growing my hair out every chance I have gotten and it is the most amazing feeling when I am in a car and the breeze blows through my hair. My grown hair causes many conflicting emotions as it is quite strenuous but I love my hair regardless and can not imagine cutting it.

A., 20’, Male, Jamaica

Hair Story by Emily

I always had long - what people would call - “good hair”. A little curly (sometimes very curly), Indian-ish, but enough coarseness to represent my black. People obsessed over it and I just always saw it as hair. Then I grew ill and all of it fell out. ALL OF IT. I am now bald. But it has created a greater strength in me than I could ever imagine. Not just bald, but BOLD… and beautiful.

Emily, 32, Female, Jamaica
#Lost #Bald #BaldBoldBeautiful