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Barber Shops & Beauty Salons

Artist Residency Archive

The photographic series Barber Shops & Beauty Salons belongs to the project’s archive. Carried out during the artist residency, not only as a record but also as an inspiration for what would later become the main project: Luyolo.

During the three months of the residency, I regularly walked around the so-called townships around Cape Town, documenting the peculiar Beauty Salons and Barber shops housed in “shaks” and containers. These very characteristic South African shops immediately caught my attention as they are far from being glamorous, yet they have a unique and charming style. I collected hundreds of images of these fascinating spaces and their people in Langa, Khayelitsha, Guguletu and Macassar, some of the ghettos around Cape Town.


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