The ‘Afro’ or a ‘natural’ worm by activists of the 60/70s civil rights movement signified the coming together of people, a collective oneness in a fight to overcome oppression. Recently the ‘natural’ has been making a come back, being adopted by a whole new generation of people. This comes at a time when black hair has never been more political, with natural styles being banned in schools and the workplace.
In this durational (day long) performance Rachael draws on her other trade as a hairdresser, in an attempt to unpick the politics of natural hair by way by doing what comes natural and dressing hair.
A Natural was first performed as part of Little Wolf Parade in Nottingham in autumn 2017.