Sylvia Martes - black Roots

BLACK ROOTS

Sylvia Martes - black RootsNice to meet you. I am Silvia, 26 years old and I live in the heart of Amsterdam. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academy I follow the direction Voorheen Audiovisual, also popularly referred to as VAV. I am involved in many forms of art. Performance, video, fashion, painting, writing. Enjoying all kinds of media. Delicious.

Nice to meet you.

I am Silvia, 26 years old and I live in the heart of Amsterdam. 
At the Gerrit Rietveld Academy I follow the direction Voorheen Audiovisual, 
also popularly referred to as VAV. I am involved in many forms of art.
Performance, video, fashion, painting, writing. Enjoying all kinds of media. Delicious.

So. I am a black woman and I study art.
It makes more sense to me to link the questions I ask myself to my work.
Why does my Afro hair need to be chemically processed to pursue the European ideal? 
How come so many black women who are natural don't know what to do with their hair? 
Why are natural women skewed by the 'laid-back' ladies and vice versa? 
Is fake hair a secret? 
How did this phenomenon develop?

All these questions led to my research project called BLACK ROOTS. 
BLACK ROOTS is about the meaning of hair for a black woman.
The work is manifesting itself in various forms. 
Drawings, a short documentary, photography, spinning.

December 2009 I shaved myself bald, everything off.
And now I have a short afro and sometimes I wear an afro wig. With pride.
I've tried everything on my hair and now I use water with glycerin and sometimes some castor oil.  
I've only relaxed my hair three times in the past but I was addicted to long straight hair.
Blowing in the wind. But meanwhile stressed whether it was believable enough.
I still have a straight wig somewhere but when I put it on I see how fake it is. 
The immediate realization that it was never meant to look like this.

There is a SALE OFF box in a nice hair shop on the Albert Cuyp.
With beautiful afro fake hair in it.
I made it into a wig and it is closest to my own hair.
It is the cheapest fake hair.
So I have to pay more to get the opposite of my looks?

 

It is paradoxical, I am right in the middle of it and that is precisely why it is interesting to zoom in more deeply on this phenomenon. 
The images of the Black Power Movement and all those big Afros. 
It gives me goosebumps. 
These people were sincere and have meant a lot to our position today. 
But why are most black women in 2011 so afraid to show their true nature?
I try at all times to accept everyone, whatever hair she has. 
Relaxed, afro natural, dreadlocks. It remains a choice.
But I'm black and I have an afro. It's always been meant to look like this.

Warm regards,

Silvia


 

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