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Above: It’s Kharnaval (Detail), 2019, Synthetic-hair, cotton, hitarget (GH) fabric, rayon, wool, linen, polyester, hair accessories, metal, & spray paint, 51 x 101 inches. Photo by Zane Smith, courtesy of Haw Contemporary.

Shenequa Brooks, who goes by SHENEQUA, is a Chicago-based textile artist whose love for hand-weaving and fashion, and memories of doing her friends’ and sister’s hair when they were young, shaped a vibrant contemporary weaving practice centered around the tactility of hair.

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