Hester.
Chillingworth.


Headstone
(a year-long performance/installation)

Mistake, Error, Incorrect, Failure…

Each month, for a year, my barber will shave a word to do with making a mistake into the back of my head. During the month, the clarity of this image will dissipate as the hair grows, erasing the word in real time. The word will then be replaced by a different one – a synonym – a new way to say the same thing, a new way to make the same mistake.

Headstone speaks into an urgent conversation about history repeating itself, and collective responsibility for the memory of things that have gone wrong, while playfully referencing the high-stakes precision of a barber’s craft. The siting of the work on my non-binary body, literally behind my back, additionally raises questions about the violence of terms of aberration, when used in relation to people.

I will document this piece throughout, and the image gallery below will grow accordingly.

Collaborating barbers to date:
Cut 1: MISTAKE: 26 February 2017: Hank Bobbit, founder of BUTCH CUT, Berlin. At Hound Dog barbershop, London, for Cut Festival's Barbershop Takeover.
Cut 2: RUIN: 9 April 2017: Felix Lane, Open Barbers, London.

Headstone was commissioned by Blank Billboard CIC with support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation and was first presented as part of Cut Festival’s 2017 Next in Line programme.

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Before. 23.2.17
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During cut #1 by Hank Bobbit (Image: Paula Harrowing) 26.2.17
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Day of cut #1 by Hank Bobbit 26.2.17
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Day of cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 26.2.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 27.2.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 2.3.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 7.3.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 13.3.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. 22.3.17
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After cut #1 by Hank Bobbit. Before cut #2 by Felix (of Open Barbers). 9.4.17
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Day of cut #2 by Felix (of Open Barbers). 9.4.17
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After cut #2 by Felix (of Open Barbers). 16.4.17
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After cut #2 by Felix (of Open Barbers). 21.4.17
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After cut #2 by Felix (of Open Barbers). 7.5.17