ROOT-ed presents: Don’t Touch My Hair

  • 22 August 2018 - 24 August 2018

ROOT-ed Zine’s fourth issue will be dedicated to hair! The co-founders of ROOT-ed Zine, Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson, have both experienced negativity in regards to their natural textured/curly hair. Through discussions with friends, family and people on social media, they’ve found that these experiences occur very often for People of Colour, and is a topic strongly present in their lives.

To provide content for the zine, ROOT-ed will deliver four consecutive workshops which will allow those who attend to explore the topic of hair. These sessions will help participants to understand the socio-political pressure that wearing your natural hair as a Person of Colour can have. ROOT-ed will share their stories and listen to others, and participants will learn about the science of hair as well as how contemporary artists, such as Ellen Gallagher and Sonia Boyce, explore hair in their work.


Alongside the workshops, ROOT-ed will create new artworks on the topic of hair. Amber is a videographer interested in music, specifically genres such as Hip-Hop and Rap with POC  as a focus. Fauziya is a fine art photographer, who makes works centred around fetishism and exoticism, and will produce a series of photographs. Both artists will be responding to their individual experiences of hair.

On the evening of the 24th October, also in celebration of Black History Month, ROOT-ed will launch the new artworks and issue of the zine with a party at FACT. The evening will include performances by some of ROOT-ed Zine’s past contributors as well as refreshments and snacks.

About ROOT-ed

ROOT-ed Zine is a North-West based platform for creative people of colour.
ROOT-ed is run by artists Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson, who are the recipients of the 2018 HOPE + FACT Graduate Production Residency Award, which offers Liverpool Hope University BA Fine Art Graduates the opportunity to participate in a two month production residency at FACT.

ROOT-ed Zine is available at and @rootedzine.