This drop-in session explored the politics of hair and beauty in response to photographer Baudouin Mouanda's exhibition at Gasworks. Hairography is an ongoing project in the practice of artist and Harold Offeh who led the workshop. Addressing the representation of hair in advertising and popular culture, the session took as a starting point the documentary ‘Good Hair’ featuring American comic Chris Rock - a revealing examination of the $9 billion African American hair industry.
Mixing performance, hair related soundtracks and video projections, the participants created fantasy imagery. Using Gasworks’ education space as a pop-up photo studio, visitors tried on wigs whilst striking poses or embodying different characters in an attempt to create wind-swept images akin to those we see for L’Oreal ads or celebrity-style music videos. All participants could take photo-booth snapshots and print the images to take home with them.