Multilayered visual exploration of narratives of black Divinity and identity in relation to hair and presence. MASKURADE, the 7-image portrait-editorial offers a critique of the hyper-criticised relationship between Black women and their hair, extending particular focus on the frequency with which we change our hair as a communication of identity and individual expression. Often we are told that the practise of weaving our hair stands as a betrayal to the authenticity of the origin of Our roots. MASKURADE reinforces that although we change our hair - often - that does not diminish the worth nor Divinity of our Being.
The project gets its name from two sources: the subject, my sister, whose name is AKU and the English spelling of the word, MASK. This is to illustrate the intersection of individuality and societal prescriptions, such as is explored within the core of MASKURADE.