Hairbread is a playful inquiry into exhibition culture and museum authority. Within the ethnological museum context, a ‘living culture’ display is juxtaposed with a selection of ‘preserved’ objects from other cultures in the museum’s permanent collection. The concept behind ‘living culture’ is inspired by an elaborated basics of survival, i.e. shelter and food, symbolized in this instance by hair and bread. Taking on multiple roles – as curators, conservators, bakers, hairdressers, tour guides – we activate the exhibition space and subvert expected functions by interacting daily with visitors and by making available free haircuts and reasonably priced freshly-baked bread (“Head Loaves” baked from molds of our heads).

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