Back to Our Roots (2020)
This series of images reflects my ancestral roots originating from Ghana. This signifies the critical changes in defining how people from African/ Caribbean descendants identify themselves and explore the perceptions of different hairstyles to express themselves. The project explores the evolution of black hairstyles and how they are reflected in a contemporary setting. African hairstyles have been a constant ever-changing factor that has been very symbolic in African culture. For instance, during slavery, hairstyles such as locks, plaits, twists, and cornrows held hidden messages, which served as an aid in survival. This series reflects today’s precedent of beauty within the African culture in modern society and shows how they embrace their hairstyles through which is captured in a composed structure.
Mikah Arnold • Ilaria Iannarilli • Kemal Kemal • Kimberly Lamport • Ania Sto • Stefani Stoyanova • Courtney Whelan •