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Saturday Girl / Casey Orr

Saturday Girl / Casey Orr

Leeds Inspired Funding

Main Grant - Round 4 February 2013

Amount Awarded: £7,700

Saturday Girl was a series of portraits of young women in Leeds by photographer Casey Orr, specifically seen through their hairstyles. It was an exploration of what hair means culturally and personally to young women and how they experience and use that power in becoming visible as women. Leeds Inspired supported the project with a £7,700 grant. 
All of the photographs were taken on Saturday afternoons in a pop-up studio at the Corn Exchange. Inspired by seeing so many young women in Leeds with 'big hair'; teased and backcombed, in rat's nests, with extensions, hairpieces and wigs, Casey Orr explored the meanings behind the styles and the cultural undercurrents behind them. 
An exhibition of the photographs was held in March 2014 at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, and was accompanied by a series of free events, including a film screening, talks and performance exploring the idea of beauty, power and visibility in relation to women. A large format publication published by Bad Books Press accompanied the exhibition. 
The exhibition's event programme included Saturday Girl Symposium, a series of academic talks and presentations addressing the themes of leisure, women, beauty, documentary photograpy in Leeds and post-documentary photographic practice; film screenings including John Waters' Hairspray and Crazy about One Direction with a Q&A with its filmmaker Daisy Asquith; a Saturday afternoon drop-in hair salon with Leeds City College Hair and Beauty students; and live performances by all-girl Leeds punk band Zombie Squid Squad (aged 10, 13 and 13)and The Velveteens in the gallery space.
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