During the month of February, Ubuntu Talks aims to explore, honor and celebrate head-wraps. The approach taken for this project will be multi-layered. Some aspects will be individual, while others will engage a larger community of black people both nationally (within Canada) and internationally. Divided into four parts, this project will explore the historical, social, and cultural significance of these pieces of fabric. All components will be intricately tied together, and documented on Ubuntu Talks’ website and social media, creating an archive that will be accessible for viewing in the future.
The first part of CROWNING uses technologies of cartography, specifically those present within topographic representations of land, to map head wraps within different times and spaces as worn on the heads of black folks. It takes into consideration the journeys that black bodies have undergone, based on the head-wraps that were worn by these very bodies.
The second part strives to showcase real life representations of head-wraps in a global perspective. In order to accomplish this, Ubuntu Talks has collaborated with talented black photographers and creators around the world, to bring together different experiences and interpretations of head wraps.
In the third part, Chelsy Monie (the founder of Ubuntu Talks) will challenge herself to wear a head wrap every day throughout the month of February. In this more personal component of CROWNING, Chelsy will be exploring how her relationship with time, spaces, people, head wraps and her self are transformed throughout the course of the month. She will be documenting and keeping records of new experiences that begin to occur, as a result of wearing a head wrap everyday throughout the month.
Lastly, Ubuntu Talks would like to invite black people everywhere to pull out their head wraps and join Chelsy on the 28th of February! Let us stand together on this day and honor and celebrate the head wrap, as a symbol that has been intricately tied to our bodies is many different histories and places. People are invited to post selfies of themselves on social media, tagged by #UBUNTUCROWNING. Images posted on public accounts will be projected on a digital archive on Ubuntu Talks. This will allow us to come back to this moment, and view all the people who navigated together on this day, and celebrated our Crowns.
CROWNING will be documented in full on Ubuntu Talks’ website, creating a very important and necessary archive that may be looked back on at any point in the future.