Got a chance to do a preview of Mirelielle’s photo exhibit of natural hair. I sometimes surf the web just looking to get ideas for new styles. People of the diaspora are so creative, that it sometimes amazes and inspires me to get more creative.
Press release – New York, October 2008
This photo exhibit is a must see for every one who ever thought Black people had “bad” hair. It pictures a hardly exposed world in which natural African hair is prevalent rather than an exception to reveal the new meaning of “bad” hair.
Struck by the beauty and the versatility of natural styles at the annual BAM Fair in Brooklyn, Mireille Liong realized that this was the first time in her adult life that she entered a community where African hair was so dominant that it seemed normal. She started to take photos to reveal this amazing world to those who are unfamiliar with it, in order to expand it. The result is an unprecedented collection of over a 1000 photos that picture bad hair at its best in the Pursuit of Nappiness.
A compilation of these images will be on display at the Casa Frela Gallery in Manhattan New York from November 1st to November 30th. It’s the photographer’s hope that exposure to the collection leads to more natural choices as well as a broader acceptance of afro-centric hair in a society where straight hair isthe norm.
The openings reception on November 1st will be followed by special events scheduled on Sundays. Besides the screening of the award-winning documentary My Nappy Roots, there will also be a hairstyling and head wrap demonstration. The Pursuit of Nappiness will stylishly come to a close with a natural hair show on the last Sunday.
Mireille Liong is author of the book Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy hair that tops Amazon’s list of Natural Hair Care books. You can take a peak at her work at her website http://going-natural.com.
The Pursuit of Nappiness
Casa Frela Gallery: 11/1 – 11/30
Openings reception: 11/1/2008 at 7:00 PM
More info: http://going-natural.com
info @ going-natural.com
Casa Frela Gallery
47 West 119th St.
New York, NY 10026