A Exhibition Linking Fashion and Cultural Traditions Centered on the Head Wrap
The Olaju Art Group is pleased to announce the release of our latest collection of photographs by Juliana Kasumu, ‘From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-Tie’. This portraiture series reflects on the sensationalism of head wraps worn by women of color in past and present societies. By tracing the history of this notorious fashion statement, Kasumu presents unique perspectives into the linkages between Creole women of color in New Orleans and signares in Senegal.
Juliana Kasumu is a London based, British-Nigerian photographer with a focus on exploring the contemporary significance of cultural traditions from West Africa. This photo-essay serves as a continuation of her ‘Irun Kiko’ series which highlights the symbolism of hair statements within Yoruba culture in Nigeria. ‘From Moussor to Tignon’ has been produced in collaboration with the Ray Charles Program of African American Material Culture at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA during the Summer 2016 Artist in Residence Program.
Please join us for the opening reception of this special exhibition at The McKenna Museum of African-American Art on Saturday, September 10th, between 6-9PM. Event schedule includes an artist talk exploring Kasumu’s research findings plus a tignon-tying workshop facilitated by Madame Barbara Trevigne. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/from-moussor-to-tignon-the-evolution-of-the-headdress-opening-reception-tickets-27084029060
For more information on Juliana Kasumu, visit www.julianakasumu.co.uk
Recent catalog, ‘Irun Kiko’: Juliana Kasumu- Irun Kiko (Hair Statements in West Africa)