From 13 June to 25 August, Somerset House will host the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition, a collaborative project between photographer Dean Chalkley and creative director Harris Elliot. The exhibition will showcase a series of photography and installations that reinvigorate The Rudeboy, which originated in 1950s Jamaica. In preparing for the exhibition, the duo have teamed up with renowned hair stylist Johnnie Sapong of We Are Cuts to set up the Rudeboy Barbers in Selfridges as part of The Beauty Project. I had the pleasure of being invited down for a much needed trim and a chat with the folk behind the project to find out more. You can find the result of my hair styling on my Instagram and get more info on the exhibition by checking out the full post.
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It was a joy to chat to Johnnie Sapong while he cut my hair, conversation weaved between styling, culture and lifestyle , the man certainly puts passion into his profession. It was actually the first time I’ve had my hair washed at a barbers and it was a pleasantly relaxing experience. While this was happening Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliot took the time to explain the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition to me, which they’ve been working on for well over a year. What I gathered is that it is more than just an exhibition of art, it is an exhibition of personalities and stories, all linked by the idea of the Rudeboy and its cultural significance. You can meet Mr. Sapong and get a cut from the man himself by visiting the pop up in the menswear department of Selfridges until 12th June. Following that, don’t miss the exhibition at Somerset House from 13 June to 25 August, admission is free and from what I can tell it’ll be well worth. If you don’t believe me, check out the full description here.