In 2017, hairstylist Cyndia Harvey made ‘This Hair of Mine,’ a short film celebrating the history and beauty of afro hair. For the film, Harvey researched the individual heritage of a range of women of African descent, before styling their hair based on a modern interpretation of her findings.
The video project was first shown in November 2017 at the art gallery Nataal’s exhibition at AKAA (Also Known As Africa) contemporary art and design fair in Paris, where it received substantial critical acclaim. It was one of only five ‘Special Projects’ exhibited at the fair, which is devoted to celebrating African-inspired culture and creativity.
“This Hair of Mine observes the way in which African hairstyling connects women via lineage and tradition across the globe and as a result of diaspora. By reimagining traditional African hairstyles, you are invited to explore the power of culture and community to discover a sense of belonging to our ancestral homes.”
– Cyndia Harvey