Jul 27th, 17:59pm
a few hairs by d. marvi
my relationship with my unibrow is tempestuous. some days i hide it away, plucking out each hair with hatred. others, i smooth it down lovingly with rosewater and feed it coconut oil at night to hasten it’s growth. these hairs are one of the many ways i’m navigating my own body while i navigate the liminal space of diaspora. my unibrow evokes both the racial privileged of the homeland and and the racial alienation of the hostland. painting my unibrow gold can be seen as an act of beautification and self-acceptance. conversely, it can be seen as self-orientalization, or, making a prominent physical sign of my racial “otherness” even more so. or, simply, it could be an innocent whimsy. i choose to keep the meaning of this as ambiguous as possible, to mimic my own fluid, love-hate relationship with my unibrow.
i am re-reblogging myself because i feel that it is important to share these links with you! this series of images came into being only because of the generous, loving support of my friend hawa. i am only a guest in this beautiful space she has created, and i thank her deeply for this opportunity. because of this, i urge you all to please, please, please support her and her art, as well as ensure that this safe space is as financially stable as possible by donating here:
i also ask you to support me and the other artists featured in this gallery by not only donating, but by experiencing our wonderful and empowering art and narratives here:
you can also support the project by submitting your own works too!
also, if you are in the bay area, please come visit the gallery in person! if not, feel free to show your love and support via facebook!
even though i can’t make it to the actual gallery, me and my ungilded (i’m too sweaty for this) unibrow will be at the closing rave on august 2nd!
thank you all so much <3