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Dana’s Beauty Supply

Dana Davenport

A photo of Dana project
A photo of Dana project

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

September 7–October 19, 2021

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As a product overwhelmingly sold by Koreans to Black Americans, Black hair care and beauty supply stores have often served as both the site and object of tensions between Black and Korean communities and a marker of the white supremacist agenda to divide us. Dana’s Beauty Supply constructs an experimental beauty supply store and hair gel manufacturing lab, a model for what a Korean-owned beauty supply can exist as in our modern times

With fully-stocked inventory curated by Paris Beauty Supplyz, blowout sale prices, and proceeds being reinvested to support Black entrepreneurship, it reimagines the beauty supply as a space for critical dialogue, accountability, creativity, and community while servicing your beauty supply needs.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Dana Davenport

Dana Davenport is a Korean and Black American interdisciplinary artist shifting between performance, sculpture, and video. Davenport earned a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally including Gibney Dance, New York, NY; Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY; NYU Skirball, New York, NY; BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY; Brown University, Providence, RI; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Cultural Center Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR; Seventh Gallery, and Sydney, AUS, to name a few. Davenport is the 2018 Chashama ChaNorth fellowship recipient and has completed the 2017 SOHO20 Gallery AIR Program. She co-organized Free Space, month-long programming at Miranda Kuo Gallery in 2018.

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