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Friday, July 14, 2017


The KOIF Exhibition opens on July 18 at 18h00 at the DUT Art Gallery. This is an Art and Anthropology Exhibition - An exploration of hairstyle in the Indian Ocean: Reunion, Madagascar, Comoros.

Beyond the ordinary daily process, hairstyle reveals a language. It talks to us about ourselves. It talks to us about the others, about men and women, their age or social status; or their need to comply with, to show themselves as eccentric or anti-establishment.

KOIF is an artistic and scientific exchange project about hairstyle, in its historical, anthropological and aesthetic dimensions. KOIF is a project realised by Lerka (Reunion Island) and Vaïka (Madagascar) with the support of Institut de Civilisations - Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie de l'Université d'Antananarivo.

The KOIF artists are Soleïman Badat, Emmanuel Colinet, Dominique Ficot, Kid Kréol et Boogie, Jean-Marc Lacaze, and Mounir Allaoui.

The project has been made possible through the support of the Alliance Française Network in South Africa, the Durban University of Technology, Lerka Production Company, the Reunion Island Province and France Volontaires. The KZN leg of the tour has been hosted and facilitated by the Alliance Française de Durban and presented by the DUT Art Gallery.

Conference led by Anthropologist Mrs Jacqueline Andoche will take place on July 19 at 18h00 at the DUT Art Gallery. The theme: From Anthropology to Visual Arts: Thoughts of an anthropologist on the art of hairstyling in the Indian Ocean cultures; the French spot Reunion Island as a key example.

There will be a walkabout led by Curator Soleïman Badat on July 20 at 12h30 for 13h00 at the DUT Art Gallery on the 1st Floor, Cecil Renaud Library Complex, 51 Steve Biko Road, Ritson Campus (DUT). There is safe and free parking on Gate 2.

For more information contact Aldé Atchy on 031 312 9582 or email: