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McCallum Tarry, From the series Cut, 2006; high definition video with sound, c-print, 2006; Courtesy of the Artists

McCallum Tarry, From the series Cut, 2006; high definition video with sound, c-print, 2006; Courtesy of the Artists

Video and photography are combined to create unsettling self-portraits of the artists cutting each other's hair. This simple act is transformed into a sexually charged, racially fraught, and emotionally complex performance, which suggests that the cutting of hair represents an act of collaboration, dominance and submission, intimacy, punishment, and control.