Tools of the Trade

openshop barbershop.

open shop barbershopCult Of the street. Open shop barbershop.

Part 2 of Cult of the street:

Barbers shops speak of beautification of the body, sexuality, male power, and vanity depicted through the curiosity as an on-looker/passer by, to something that is considered to be otherwise private. This is where i began exploring the rich traditions of the Naayi /Hajaam’s of Mumbai city.

Openshop Barbershop

Openshop Barbershop

My exploration led to representations of what I saw, in a mix of different mediums.Through photographs, drawings, video and sound installation.

Installation.

Tools of the Trade. from Niyati Upadhya on Vimeo.

In the arsenal of your average Naayi: Blade clippers, trimmers, shears, razors for styling, straight razors, clipper combs: for all-purpose cutting and tapering, for free-hand clipper and clipper-over-comb work, to create outlines and trim beards; to cut, layer, thin, blend, shave. Brushes – round, paddle, vent, combs, oil, gels, foams, mousses, spray bottles, curling irons, blow driers…The stories of the barber are sometimes poetic, sometimes dark, and always poignant.