A ONE OF A KIND ART EXHIBITION ON HAIR AND HAIRSTYLES
Written by: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
The Durban University of Technology’s Art Gallery hosted a one of its kind exhibition, which focused particularly on hair and hairstyles on Tuesday.
The gallery, situated at the Steve Biko Campus, was warmly crowded with art enthusiasts and art students who came to witness an exhibition of this nature, themed ‘KOIF An Exploration Of Hairstyle In The Indian Ocean’.
Art Gallery Curator, Francesca Verga, welcomed guests and thanked all partners for an eventful exhibition.
“The show is in partnership with Alliance Francaise in Durban and we just like to thank them for giving us the opportunity to show an exhibition of this nature and thank you to all of you for being here,” said Verga.
Alliance Francaise Durban is a non-profit and apolitical network that is dedicated in promoting French language and Francophone cultures.
“We are very happy to present this exhibition about hairstyles. This project has been realized by Lerka which is an association from Reunion Island and Vaika an association from Madagascar. Today we have one artist and one anthropologist from Reunion Island,” said Vincent Frontczyk from the Alliance Francaise.
An artist whose artwork was exhibited amongst other artists, Soleïman Badat, spoke on the magnificent art piece which had most of the art enthusiasts talking.
“I come from the Reunion Island which is between Madagascar and Mauritius. We flew here to bring the KOIF exhibition. We are in front of this piece, which is a collaboration between Dominique Ficot and myself. If you recognize this symmetry, this symmetry reminds you about the one of a butterfly,” said Dabat.
Art enthusiasts and students were inspired by the unusual yet interesting concept and theme of the exhibition.
“I was brought here to this exhibition tonight to obviously find out what is it about. It deals with hair. I see that it deals with more of African hair which I don’t have, which is even more intriguing for me because in today’s world where the trend is to have weaves, I will never understand what that’s like,” said DUT Fine Art student, Tarryn van Wyk.
Van Wyk added that the reason she came was to engage and learn more about other women’s hair and was fascinated by what they go through.
On Wednesday there will be a conference led by Anthropologist Jacqueline Andoche at 18:00 and a walkabout led by Curator Soleïman Badat on Thursday at 13:00.
*Caption: Art Enthusiants at the DUT Art Gallery Exhibition about hairstyles.