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UN/THREADING (2019)

Stills from a spontaneous performance, illustrating the versatility and playfulness of African hair threading. A household practice nostalgic to many young African girls, threading is traditionally used for hair growth, stretching, protective styling, and an expressive art form in itself. Today, the indigenous practice is diminishing in popularity, besides some resurgence in contemporary ‘alternative’ culture. In the spirit of pioneering Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Un/Threading documents the transient creativity and ephemeral nature of African hair sculpting, an everyday process occurring within the home space.

PHOTOGRAPHY & CO-DIRECTION: ETHEL TAWE (@artofetheltawe)

PERFORMANCE & CO-DIRECTION: CHELSY MONIE (@ubuntu_talks)

LOCATION: ACCRA, GHANA