Touch the wrong woman’s hair and she will touch your face with her fists!
‘You Can Touch My Hair’ Documentary Explores Black Hair
Black hair continues to be a hot topic in the public arena, with ever more creative ways being employed to explore the issue. Recently an African-American woman staged a series of photographs of white women wearing black hairstyles.
Via The Grio reports:
Mere weeks before, a black woman and hair care expert staged an exhibit called You Can Touch My Hair, during which people were invited to Union Square Park in New York City to — you guessed it — touch black women’s hair.
In case you missed the opportunity, a new documentary of the same name captures the exhibit creator’s attempt to demystify African-American hair, and reactions to the performance art-like piece. You Can Touch My Hair was produced as a short film in conjunction with the brand Pantene Pro-V.
It premiered on October 20 on YouTube, showcasing the intense emotions and deep curiosity women of all colors feel about black women’s hair.
“The exhibit was organized by Antonia Opiah, the founder of un-ruly.com, a website dedicated to black hair,” reports New York’s Daily News.
The paper also states that Opiah’s opus, “aims to dig deeper into the country’s fascination with African-American hair, and how the women who wear it feel about being the subjects of such wonder.”
The documentary captures both the anger black women often feel at being sought for what some feel are invasive grasps, and the innocent interest white and other women have in exploring African-American hair textures.
At the time of the You Can Touch My Hair live exhibit, reactions to the presentation were fierce — both online and off. On Twitter, many denounced the event, which to critics set up participating black women as though they were animals in a petting zoo.
Would you allow random people to run their dirty azz hands in your natural hair??