Yong Loh is an 18 year old Cantonese-Malaysian artist and activist. Although she grew up in Thailand, she is currently attending university in Los Angeles and working on creative projects independently. As an aspiring film director and photographer, Yong Loh hopes to create jobs for people of colour in mainstream media and highlight the importance of accurate representation within artistic industries.
"DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR", a series shot on 35mm film and with a digital camera, celebrates the beauty of Afro-textured hair and its cultural significance in black communities. While already facing Eurocentric ideals of beauty, women with kinky hair are further marginalised for their curl patterns and told that wearing their hair natural is "unprofessional" and "unsuitable" in various workplaces. This series of photographs serves to illustrate hair, not only as an expression of self, but also as a cultural signifier.
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