An art installation which invites visitors to touch black women’s hair. Racial objectification? Or an accessible way of beginning to break down barriers in America’s great divide between black and white?
In New York City, Antonia Opiah (founder of Un’ruly), extended an open invitation to all curious passers-by for an exhibition called “You Can Touch My Hair.” Opiah was exploring the “tactile fascination” with black women’s hair by gathering a trio of women with different hair textures and styles (locks, straight/weave and loose, natural hair) and allowing strangers the opportunity to fondle their follicles. Bedecked with signs reading “You can touch my hair,” the ladies made their hair available for two hours to anyone with the courage to take them up on the offer. Read more: Huffington Post.