Her recent exhibition, “BRAIDS” celebrates a common ritual amongst black women which is hair braiding. Over a few days, she personally created these art pieces adorned with cowries. “Braids” portrays a rich culture, immaculate strength, impeccable beauty and the majesty of a black woman. In an interview with Fusion.net, she briefly covers the issue of culture appropriation especially in light of the popular Kim Kardashian inspired “boxer braids”. She stated, “Because braids are coming out in pop culture and being exploited as a trend in the fashion scene, I think it’s important for me to honour them before there’s a time when people don’t even remember them as a traditional black art”. “I honestly don’t think it will ever be done the right way on a large scale because fashion and beauty are billion-dollar industries and they are ever-evolving, so they are always going to be looking for something that’s new and cool, and new and cool is now going deeper and deeper into niche culture”.
Some of her work from the BRAIDS Exhibition:
For more information on Shani Crowe:
Fusion.net feature- http://fusion.net/story/289489/black-women-and-braids/
3Arts Projects- http://3arts.org/projects/braids/