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A hair affair with Hakeem Adam and Nikiwe Dlova.

Nikiwe Dlova is a South African creative hair artist who started hair culture platform, OWNURCROWN. Hakeem Adam is a multidisciplinary artist from Ghana with interests in photography, film and storytelling.

In October 2018, both creatives took part in the ColabNowNow residency put together by Maputo Fast Forward & British Council in Mozambique to connect the creative communities of Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

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what inspired this shoot?

Nikiwe Dlova was looking at the history and place of hair art in various African cultures to create a piece that celebrates this heritage of hair in African cultures. Hakeem then photographed her with the final pieces for publicity for the group exhibition we had during the residency. 

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Although they were all working on our individual projects this project inspired collaboration between artists from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and the UK for over ten days.

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