Bad hair day? No, at least not in Oxford

 Date:30/04/2007 - 26/05/2007
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:England, Oxford

Norwegian artist Roza Ilgen, originally from the Kurdish area of Turkey, is exhibiting in an installation in Oxford using human hair to question attitudes to gender, religion and multi-culturalism.

“My work is based on our time and reality,” says Ilgen. “As an artist that comes from a Muslim country and has experienced half my life as a refugee in Norway, I have a strong understanding and sympathy that puts me in this unique position called the 'third space'. This position offers a duel vantage point from which I reflect and inform my research.

“Through my work I want to draw out new ways of viewing and understanding the discourse of culture and identity. My work is about being female, the role and status of a woman within the Kurdish/ Islamic society and living with Islamic traditions within western culture. In my work I have created an awareness of my position and new ways of looking at feminism, culture and identity. Being in between two cultures is like being between past and present and belonging in both places and in neither.”

Using human hair as the prominent medium in her sculptural and performance work, Ilgen questions attitudes to gender, religion and multiculturalism from both perspectives. She collected the hair from 61 hairdressers in Winchester, Southampton, Eastleigh and Basingstoke for half a year on her bicycle.

Ilgen was born in 1980 to a Kurdish family in Turkey, but moved to Norway aged 12. She came to England in 2000 where she completed a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Fine Arts (theory & Practice). She now lives and works in both Norway and England. Her works have been purchased by commercial companies, private collectors and communities in Norway, Sweden and England.

Roza Ilgen
'An installation using human hair to question attitudes to gender, religion and multi-culturalism.'
30 April - 26 May
Lolapoloza Gallery
Blue Boar Street, off St Aldates, Oxford
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm


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Roza Ilgen exhibits in Oxford from 30 April to 26 May.Photo: Roza Ilgen

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