© 2019 by Sepide Rahaa .  All rights reserved 

ENTANGLED-ME & HAIR 

Together with public intervention on the windows at Espoon keskus bridge, seven languages

Objekti Festival 4 

Part II

 

Espoo city centre, Finland 

2018

How do they look at us?

How do we look at ourselves?

How do others look at each other?

Entangled- ME & HAIR is an ongoing project ( started from year 2016) where I address personal identity and its relation to hair, where hair plays a significant role in my daily life interacting with others in the society, how we connect and disconnect based on our appearance. I used series of life memories and experiences conveying the core concept through performing art, poetry and video. This project has emerged in conversation with my artist friend Edwina Goldstone year 2016. And in 2017, one year after our conversation, we have established a collective project. Our collective project investigates the excess, absence, cutting, covering, growing, coloring and grooming of hair as both the materialization of individuality and of conformity. As an artistic medium and mediator of meaning, hair can communicate a sense of self and otherness. In this sense, it can either uphold or upset conventional distinctions between divisions of gender, race, region and religion. From these issues, hair epitomizes a global yet subjective social and personal significance.

 

Within this collaboration, four women explore concepts of identity, relationships, perceptions, liberation and otherness through hair. Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. MOC collective are Rosamaria Bolom, Edwina Goldstone, Sepideh Rahaaand Arlene Tucker (and Martina Adela as former member). Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. 

As part of our work we have intervened on the windows in the Espoon keskus bridge where hundreds of people with different backgrounds or roots whether Finnish or international everyday pass by. We have used translation of first three questions into seven different languages: English, Finnish, Farsi, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian. Espoon keskus is one of the most diverse centres among the Finnish cities..

 

Video Entangled-ME & HAIR, 2017, Sepideh Rahaa

Public intervention on the windows at Espoon keskus bridge in seven different languages 

Public intervention on the windows at Espoon keskus bridge in seven different languages, Farsi.

Public intervention on the windows at Espoon keskus bridge in seven different languages, Chinese.