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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Cheveux Chéris at The Musée du Quai Branly - by Aisling Connell



Last night marked the opening of the much anticipated hair exhibition in the Musée du Quai Branly. Guests were invited along to enjoy the exhibit and a drinks reception afterwards.

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The exhibition is presented thematically rather than chronologically, with each section addressing a different aspect of the human relationship with hair. Hair as a way of communicating gender identity shows us women who had their head's forcibly shaved in the aftermath of World War II as a "desexualising" punishing measure. While stereotyping hair colour tells us about the origins of the dumb blonde cliché.



 The variety of media used throughout the exhibition keeps us interested, video projections sit alongside marble sculptures.



Close up detail of one of the many hair accessories on display at the museum.



The section dedicated to shrunken heads is both fascinating and disturbing. It's amazing how hair can survive for thousands of years.



Charlie Le Mindu was a special guest at the opening, I spoke to him briefly about the exhibition.

"What is great about this exhibition is that it shows the whole story about hair. It's not only about the beauty of it or how people feel about hair, but what they use it for. The way hair is used to communicate with people is really interesting."



Arlette Couturier, a guest at the opening who kindly allowed me to take a photograph of her striking hairstyle.


The exhibition is open until July 2013.




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Posted by: followimages | Sep 18, 2012 7:01:59 PM

Oh my gosh the hair styles in the top photo are absolutely amazing. Why don't more women take that sort of care, it makes me feel genuinely sad. I suppose it is quite ironic.

Posted by: Domenic Bartlett-Roylance | Sep 18, 2012 1:01:01 PM

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