Kindumba means my hair in Kimbundo, one of the Bantu languages spoken in the north of Angola.
The project highlights and celebrates the diversity and beauty of black hair. It is a conversation about the relation of people of African ancestry with their hair, as a medium of “meaning” – the importance that hair has in the construction of identity – and “value” – of how others perceive and react to black hair and the impact it has on feelings of belonging – in a society that has too often misrepresented and excluded the diverse expressions of black hair.
Alice Marcelino (b.1980, Luanda, Angola) is a Portuguese artist with Angolan origins, who lives and works between London and Lisbon.
Her work explores notions of belonging by analysing culture, tradition, migration, and identity and reflecting on their significance in our ever- changing global world.
Alice Marcelino graduated from East London University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Photography and she is attending a MA in Digital Media at the Goldsmiths University in London.