DONT TOUCH MY HAIR rvaSep 18, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
Based on footage collected during a Richmond-based documentary directed by Dr. Chaz Antoine Barracks, PhD, DONT TOUCH MY HAIR rva explores diverse African American identity through stories of Black hair experiences. Featuring images by Sha Rich and Nicholas Taylor, this media-arts project looks at Black identity by both centering and creating spaces that embody Black cultural production—and understanding everyday Black life as fine art. Beauty salons and other Black-owned locations are included as spaces of community and uninhibited joy. Look through the camera lens to explore nuanced and imaginative concepts of Black homes, which provide space to exist freely and authentically. Originally planned for a gallery space, the project paused as the creators considered how to present an art exhibition in the pandemic era. Now, experience DTMHrva at the Valentine as an exterior installation and through new film presented in collaboration with the Afrikana Independent Film Festival.
Project support provided by Sha Rich, Nicholas Taylor, NontsiKelelo Mutiti, Wes Taylor, Pam Lawton, Tawnya “Dr. T” Pettiford-Wates, Nicholas Vega, Sasha Williams, and Johannes Barfield.