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The Plumage of Another - 3D virtual exhibition by En Foco, Inc.

The Plumage of Another

Thu, 04/15/2021 to Mon, 05/31/2021

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The Plumage of Another
Opening April 15, 2021 through May 31, 2021, on the En Foco website, www.enfoco.org. Presented in collaboration with Hamilton Landmark Galleries

En Foco's new exhibition explores the politics of race and culture through hair.

En Foco, in collaboration with Hamilton Landmark Galleries, presents the virtual exhibition The Plumage of Another. This exhibition examines the notion of hair, aka “plumage,” as a social signifier and an expression of individuality. The care, alteration, acceptance of hair portrayed in this exhibit are studies of how attention to bodily hair is used to indicate individual identity and social affiliation. In all its carefully curated variations, hair is shown to be mediated by racial, sexual, class, political, ethnicity and identity, and either promotes or upsets conventional distinctions.

The Plumage of Another is part of En Foco’s ongoing public exhibition program, the Apartment Gallery Series. AGS is an effort to provide underserved communities with access to the arts and acknowledge alternative exhibition spaces’ value. As En Foco continues to provide spaces (physical and virtual) to present and nurture BIPOC photographers, The Plumage of Another presents five photographers: Faustino Vidal, Jorge Romero, Leslie Jimenez, Yelaine Rodriguez, and Vicky Charles, space to delve into notions of race and cultural identity through a photographic examination.

Looking to hair as a cultural extension of the human body, this selection of photos examines the root of identity and hair’s function as an object open to self‐promotion and communal stereotypes. Be it on the body, face, or head, whether removed, replaced, relaxed, dyed, bound, loose, long, short, curly, straight, or synthetic, hair is inherently inscribed with meaning as a manifestation of personal preference or accepted convention.

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