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Hair Pieces

Shih Yung-Chun, Braid Cabinet 2019, White Rabbit: Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, Sydney © Shih Yung-Chun, courtesy of Hive Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China

Hair Pieces explores the evocative and complex significance of hair in contemporary culture through a selection of recent Australian and international works of art. For millennia hair has been a resonant and compelling site of meaning, transmitting ideas about gender, mythology, status and power, the body, psychology, feminism and notions of beauty.  At once radiant and repellent, and often richly symbolic, it has always assumed a particular importance in relation to the self, history and society. This exhibition examines the myriad ways in which artists utilise hair to investigate and conjure generative and even magical possibilities encompassing growth, empowerment and transformation.

Artists include: Marina Abramović (SRB/USA) and Ulay (GER/USA), Janine Antoni (US), Polly Borland (US), Sonia Boyce (UK), Sadie Chandler (AUS), Edith Dekyndt (BXL/BE), Karla Dickens (AUS), Jim Dine (US), Mona Hatoum (US), Zhang Chun Hong (US), Lou Hubbard (AUS), John Meade (AUS), Ana Mendieta (US), S.J Norman (US), J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere (NRA), Wes Placek (AUS), C. J Pyles (US), Chuxiao Qu (AUS), Julie Rrap (AUS), Charlie Sofo and Debris Facility (AUS), Christian Thompson (AUS), Kemang Wa Lehulere (SA), Helen Wright (AUS), Zhang Chun Hong (US), Ai Yamaguchi (JPN), Shih Yung-Chun (TW).

4 May – 6 October 2024
Heide Galleries

Included with museum admission

Melissa Keys
Current Exhibitions