Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair Edited by Tameka Ellington and Joseph L. Underwood
8vo. pp. 200. 150 colour illustrations. bds. Munich: Hirmer Publishers, 2020.
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ISBN-10: 3777435546 / ISBN-13: 9783777435541
Combining research from the fields of history, art, and visual culture, TEXTURES is dedicated to the hair story of people of African descent. Addressing the global diaspora and regional narratives, historic combs, picks, pins, and haircare products are exhibited alongside works by fifty artists from Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Featured artists include Sonya Clark, Zanele Muholi, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Devan Shimoyama, Mary Sibande, Lorna Simpson and Kehinde Wiley. Through the lenses of Community and Memory, Hair Politics, and Black Joy, curators and contributing authors address cultural preferences for certain hair textures, the social hierarchies of skin color, and the politics of external appearance through the lens of Black hair.