"Women’s bodies are experienced in shared ways and women’s bodies are scrutinized in shared ways. I was really interested in exploring this sharing of social experiences, both positive and negative. Wearing my own hair natural and giving birth to my daughter spurred me to reflect on the ways in which her experiences with her hair may or may not parallel mine. That brought my photo work to contextualize hair from the standpoint of a black girl/woman. So much is packed into hair, which makes it a viable site for resistance. It’s regulated along so many gazes. Whether a woman is choosing to grow hair on her underarms and legs to reject patriarchal standards or she is loc’ing her hair to reject Eurocentric standards, there’s agency in connecting our own body to our protest."

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