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Hairlines by Elizabeth Kostina ’20
Start Date: 2/10/2020Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 2/10/2020End Time: 6:00 PM
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Event Description:

Elizabeth Kostina ’20

February 10-28, 2020
Academy Building / Class of 1945 Library
Phillips Exeter Academy

Reception & Screening: Tuesday, February 11, 7-8 pm
Academy Building Foyer

Lunchtime Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, February 26, 12:45 pm
Latin Study
(A light lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please RSVP by February 18 to

It has become easier than ever to present idealized versions of ourselves to the public, but these idealized identities can become spectacles, performances for others as opposed to reflections of our true selves.  

The pressure to present or pass for a mainstream identity (e.g. cisgender or heterosexual identity) is significant and prevalent. People must adhere to certain mannerisms in order to be validated by the dominant culture, perhaps by engaging with stereotypes, by speaking, dressing, or behaving in a manner so that their difference is downplayed. Throughout these code switches, the body and hair remain relatively permanent. Therefore, to change your hair is to make a conscious and curated act of presentation, one more long-lasting than makeup or a style of dress.

The photographic, film, and archival works in Hairlines provides an alternate and more candid view of queer identities by subverting the idealized selves we see on social media, YouTube, filters, and posts. Hairlines focuses on the connections between the external and mental relationship between a queer person’s hair, their gender and/or sexual identity, and the blueprints that inform their current appearance.

Raw. Without makeup, product, accent, or fancy equipment, subject and photographer work together in order to present the ideal self: each unfiltered subject as they are. 

Free and open to the public.

Hours: Academy Building: M-F 8-6 pm; other times by appointment or PEA card access.
Library Commons: By appointment or PEA card access.

Project advising and support: Department of Theater & Dance, the Lamont Gallery, the Class of 1945 Library/Archives & Special Collections, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Location Information:
Phillips Exeter Academy - Academy Building  (View Map)
53 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Room: Front Lobby
Contact Information:
Name: Ms. Stacey Durand
Phone: 603-777-3461
Elizabeth Kostina, Hairlines
Who Can Attend:
Free and open to the public.
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