Follicle challenge

September 22, 2006

To confront Kurdish and Islamic views of female and male forms, an MA sculpture graduate from Winchester School of Art created a work featuring garments made of human hair. Rosa Ilgen, a refugee from Kurdish Turkey, wanted to raise issues of identity, ethnicity and multiculturalism by producing a headscarf from human hair that she had collected by cycling to hairdressers in Hampshire cities and towns. She then covered herself in the hair. She finished with a vast installation that incorporated a windowless room, a single light bulb and a poem about so-called honour killings in Turkey being recited by four different speakers in four different languages.

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