Hair is an essential part of visual and cultural identity and this selection from our library explores representations of Black hair throughout art, fashion, and history. Hair discrimination has been one of the primary ways that Black people in colonized societies have been othered. Through the discursive knowledges of racialization that govern many of our collective social institutions, Black hair is made political. Here, various authors explore the subject of Black hair and its relationship to power, beauty, resistance, and identity.
About The Author
Kai (they/them) is an aspiring cultural and fashion historian. Their work centers the body politics of beauty, clothing, identity, glamour and style and their interactions with the meaning-making functions of the fashion system. Their work also attempts to decolonize exclusionary historical discourses by centering the histories of queer and Black peoples who have been systematically obscured from collective memory. Kai is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where they received a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion.