The barbershop has always been a sacred place for men to come together and bond, providing a communal space for discussion, debate, banter, the expression of unfiltered thoughts, as well as of course, provide an unlimited supply of fresh haircuts. In recognition of the barbershop’s cultural significance, the inaugural CUT Festival will take place across East London from 24th February to 5th March at art spaces Toynbee Studios and Archive Gallery in Haggerston, exploring the art of barbering via a festival exhibition, performances, events and international guests.
Highlights include photography from Brazil’s own Hick Duarte, whose stunning imagery of barbered young men have gained him an abundance of editorial and advertising commissions. Additionally, Brandon Tauszik debuts his celebrated GIF based portrait exhibition featuring African American barbers from Oakland, California. Also from across the pond is barber Mark Bustos who will merge high-end grooming with philanthropy among the streets of London, offering free haircuts to those affected by homelessness. And audiences will be treated to a sneak peek of Inua Ellams new play Barber Shop Chronicles, which is scheduled to run at The National Theatre this summer.
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