AboutBraided Together is the first exhibition of its kind to consider the intricate relationship between women and hair.
Braided Together unites nine international contemporary women artists who each share an interest in the symbolic expression of human hair either as material or subject in their work. Inspired by the work of women Surrealists, the exhibition investigates specifically female and art historical concerns such as fragility, loss and power. Featured works include painting, etching, sculpture, drawing, photography and video, resulting in a truly dynamic exhibition that seeks to reinterpret the symbolism of hair through a multitude of female voices.
Braided Together opened at New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and will travel back to its gallery of origin, BHVU in February. The New Hall Art Collection is found within Murray Edwards College, part of the University of Cambridge. With close to 400 contemporary artworks by solely women artists, the New Hall Art Collection is regarded as the most significant of its kind in Europe.
All of the art historical and theoretical ideas raised by Braided Together are considered in an accompanying catalogue, which includes three commissioned essays by academics specializing in this field. In addition to images of all the exhibiting artist's work, the catalogue also features work by Elina Brotherus, Hong Zhang, Trish Morrissey and Kiki Smith.
Curated by Rebecca Baillie and Charlotte Lindsay
New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge CB3 0DF
Open to public: 15 January 11 February 2012
Opening times: 10am - 6pm everyday
BHVU Gallery, Stoke Newington, London
Open to public: 18 February 18 March 2012
Opening times: 12 - 6pm Saturday + Sunday or by appointment