The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA Taipei) opened an exhibition on Saturday featuring works by 14 hairdressers and stylists from nearby salons in an unusual partnership with neighboring businesses.
The month-long event called “Hair Design with No Hair” is the first of a three-part community exhibition project. It will be followed by an exhibition showcasing auto parts stores in the area. The content of the third exhibition has not yet been decided.
Since 2008, 27 exhibitions have been held at the museum, but the museum had never cooperated with neighboring businesses until now.
“We hope to make good use of this underground space, and this time we have combined the resources of local art, culture and the private sector,” said museum executive director Shih Jui-jen (石瑞仁).
The exhibition venue is within walking distance of MRT Zhongshan station, where there are many individual hair salons.
Although the 14 hairdressers and stylists could be considered artists, most of them have never created their own work of art, unless counting the hair of the clients.
Hairstylists said creating art was hard enough, let alone doing it without hair – the medium they know best. However, they acknowledged that the creative process also inspires them in their regular jobs.
Among the works in the exhibition is My Style of Future, one of five large-scale works on display.
Using the concept of yin and yang as well as the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) from ancient Chinese cosmology, stylist Lisa Chen uses abstract installation art to convey the idea of protection of the environment and a healthy concept of the universe. .
However, Take Wings, an artwork using pages and images from old magazine issues to form “feathered” hair, may be the most eye-catching piece for most visitors. Viewers can lengthen their hair by bending paper cranes, which the art designer will later include in the artwork.
A series of activities are also planned to attract more people to the expo, including one where free hair styling tips will be given away, as well as a souvenir gift, organizers said.
The exhibition will last until June 26.
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