This autumn, catch an interesting and thought-provoking exhibition at Birmingham’s Ort Gallery, as Bald Black Girl(s) opens.
The exhibition is formed from visual artist Ruth Sutoyé’s multidisciplinary project, which explores themes surrounding the lives and experiences of women who have shaved their heads.
In recent years, there has been a rise in Black women shaving their heads, with the style often being labelled as provocative and daring. Simply by existing, figures such as Laura Mvula, Julie Adenuga and Michaela Coel are inspiring the visual representations of this aesthetic and the conversations surrounding it.
Inspired by Sutoyé’s own experiences of becoming a bald Black girl, the work explores perceptions of masculinity, femininity and androgyny, how women navigate barbershop dynamics and sexuality. This exhibition, featuring photography and poetry film, is the culmination of Sutoyé’s project.
Sutoyé is a cultural producer and multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses photography, film and poetry. A Roundhouse Resident Artist and Barbican Young Poet alumna, she has performed, showcased and produced her work in both the UK and abroad.
Running alongside the Bald Black Girl(s) exhibition will be a programme of events, including a screening and panel discussion, a talk, and photography, curator and poetry workshops.
Due to Covid restrictions, we’d recommend checking with the gallery before attending the exhibition.
Explore more exhibitions and installations taking place in the UK, here.
When: 23rd September – 17th October 2020
Where: Ort Gallery, 496 Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9AH. Special events will be held online
£: Free admission
More info: ortgallery.co.uk