Women in Photography 2017 Exhibition
Hair | Émilie Régnier

The photographs of the Haitian-Canadian artist Émilie Régnier document the pride and flair of today’s African society while exploring the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the West. Émilie, who grew up in Central Africa, has extensively documented the style and cultural signifiers found in the shops, alleyways, and corridors of power throughout the continent and beyond.

In her Hair series–adopting a negative splicing technique used by West African street photographers–Émilie has documented hairstyles as a means of expression in Côte d’Ivoire, the fashion capital of West Africa.  Ivorian women, influenced by Beyoncé and Rihanna, invest their savings in highlights, extensions and spectacular haircuts. Émilie was partially inspired by the work of Nigerian photographer, Okhai Ojeikere, as she tried to understand the complexities of black hair. In her photos, Émilie aims to demystify the direct African-American influence, the impact of globalization, and the African decoding of cultural missives sent via western television.

About Émilie Régnier
Émilie Régnier was born in Montreal, Canada. She spent most of her childhood in Africa, mainly in Gabon. After photography studies in Montreal, she lived in Senegal, where she has been working for the past three years. She is now based in Ivory Coast.

Émilie has covered various events in and around West and South Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Courrier international, Le Monde Magazine, Libération, Der Spiegel, Le Journal du Dimanche, Journal La Croix, Elle Belgique, Elle France, Jeune Afrique, l’Actualité, and Chatelaine, among others.

Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)