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Nandipha Mntambo
uMcedo, 2009. cows' tails, wood Approx 320 x 335 x 150 cm.

Nandipha Mntambo on 'Hautnah: Hair in art and culture '

Nandipha Mntambo at Museum Villa Rot

In all cultures of the world hair has an important significance. Its decorative and symbolic function is the representation of gender, status and group affiliation.  As an outward physical feature, hair is closely linked with religious and socio-cultural fashion, values and norms. Hair represents vitality and fertility. It bears witness to ideals of beauty, demonstrative protest and used the identity transformation. The sight of it triggers feelings of shame and disgust, fascination, desire, lust.

‘Hautnah’ the exhibition shows works by international artists who are, in a variety of expressions and processing forms, dealing with the hair as body jewellery, symbol and material.

Artists included on the exhibition are Bettina Zachow, Ruth Marten, Mandana Moghaddam and Nandipha Mntambo amongst others.


25 October - 31 October

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