(Rio de Janeiro, RJ)
Eleven renowned artists and a collective, of different backgrounds, fields of work and creating styles bring their works surrounding hair and wigs, created exclusively for the show “Força na Peruca” curated by Mauro Trindade and Christina Martins. They are: Anna Bella Geiger, Alfa Siqueira, Batman Zavareze, Bruno Veiga, Cabelo, Denise Araripe, Denise Moraes, Gabriela Gusmão, Guilherme Secchin, Jefferson Svoboda and Toz.
A traditional fashion accessory, a religious rituals object, symbol of power for kings and judges, the wig gained a new and important social role since fighting cancer included chemotherapy – which in most cases leads to hair loss. Recovering pacients self-esteem, the wig has a new meaning – “a new humanitary dimension, a resilience spirit, solidarity, joy and will to live”, defines journalist Christina Martins, the show conceiver and producer, who is following the work of Laço Rosa Foundation, an organisation which supports women facing breast cancer.
As well as the works, the exhibition offers spaces of public interaction – like a wall for visitors to “donate words”, leaving encouraging sentences for those battling cancer, and an area to receive hair donations for the making of new wigs. Visitors are welcome to bring their own hair (minimum 20cm length). The material collected will be sent to Laço Rosa Foundation, which has the first online wig bank in the country, donating wigs for chemotherapy patients across Brazil.
“Força na Peruca”, group show featuring Toz
Curated by Mauro Trindade and Christina Martins
On view through 26th July
Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro – Galeria 1
Avenida Almirante Barroso, 25 – Centro – Rio de Janeiro
T: 55 21 39803815
Working hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 9pm