The Color of My Hair and Face

Photography & Video, Montreal, 2014

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong puts makeup on a participant's face

A Participant looks at herself in a mirror after Chun Hua Catherine Dong puts make up on her face

Chun Hua Catherine Dong dyes a participant's hair to black

Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong opened a Hair & Makeup Salon, she dyed participants' hair to black permanently and put yellow-tinted makeup on their faces.

The Colour of My Hair and Face investigates the symbolic and cultural dimensions of colors, yellow (skin) and black (hair) as connoting “Asian identity.” I explore stereotype, masking and self-identity abstractly and literally by inviting the public to engage in self-transformation and discussion. I started this project by having an open call for participants by offering two serves: (1) Hair and makeup makeovers: participants have their hair dyed permanently black and straightened, and receive a yellow-tinted make-up application. (2) Photographic services: participants pose for a portrait before and after transformation.In documenting the entire process, I also asked people questions probing their own self-identity and affective feelings before and after the makeover.