Retrograde

Worn Synthetic bariding hair, 2022

 

When I began my natural hair jounry, I began to research the history of black hair in conjunction with eurocentric body and beauty image standards. Thinking of how much our hair is a part of our identity and how dolls/Barbies are often a girls first depiction of beauty and body image. I wanted to fuse the ideas together. 

 Usually when we take out our protective styles (braids/ twists)  we throw them away, but having worn them for a period of time and thinking of how it can be bad juju if someone else gets a hold of your hair; I played with the idea of turning the hair into a physical object. I wanted to re-think the Barbie doll in the image of me.