Loose Ends Exhibition
Station, Beirut , Lebanon 2015
Hair is a divisive subject, and full of contradictions: Haydar began a journey of investigation into herself and society, through the subject of hair. ‘Loose Ends’ is a culmination of this body of work.
Whilst some head-hair is the embodiment of beauty, and something deemed alluring enough to be covered up in some religious communities, body hair is perceived as something mostly superfluous, often subversive and even repulsive. Today many women are fully waxed and an ideal image for men is to be bare chested. Body hair has been authorised for removal.
“The digital age we live in is a narcissistic, selfie and vacuum packaged time”.“It is not hair itself that is repellent or appealing, it is its placement which affects our perception”.
Displacement is familiar to the artist. Being born during the civil war inevitably meant that her family had to constantly relocate.This instability triggered Haydar’s obsession with documenting and collecting bits of her that are lost.
Enshrining remnants into tangible form.