Top barbers and artists will be discussing identity, gender and race at Toynbee Studios and exhibiting across East London this weekend, at galleries and…barber shops, natch.
“Inspired by barbering past and present “, The Cut Festival 2017, “The Art of Barbering”, curated by London-based live artist and ex-professional wrestler Jamie Lewis Hadley, has been two years in the making and will take place this weekend at Toynbee studios, the Archive Gallery in Haggerston, and assorted East London barbershops.
Highlights at this unique event include photographer Brandon Tausik discussing his GIF studies of African American barbers in Oakland, which will be on display at the Archive Gallery in Haggerston throughout the festival, Paula Harrowing’s studies of male grooming rituals in India, mainly featuring disabled young men, on behalf of charity Shuktara, and also on display at Archive, plus Harrowing will also be photographing up to 12 East London barbershops where commissioned artists will be displaying their work as part of the Next In Line section of the event, on Sunday 26th.
Also exhibiting are Hick Duarte from Brazil, Mark Bustos, who “brings high end grooming and philanthropy to London’s Streets, working directly with those affected by homelessness”, and London based Oreet Ashery and Cary Kwok – who will be at Toynee studios on Saturday for a day of talks, discussions and performances, and a preview of Inua Ellam’s “The Barber Shop Chronicles”, which will play at the National Theatre in June.
Jamie Lewis Hadley will present a performance lecture, Blood on the Streets, at a local barber shop as part of a co-ordinated “Barbershop takeover”; the full list of performances and barber shops taking part can be found here.
“Barbering dates back centuries, the barbershop uniting communities as well as historically healing the sick and distinguishing identities.”, says the event blurb.
Fans of barbers in East London – and there a just a few – will not want to miss. Hair raising stuff.