Coiffure Carnival

Muriel Magenta

1990, 10:38 minutes, colour, English


Coiffure Carnival parodies our collective desire to achieve ideal beauty through political, sociological and historic rituals in popular culture. The scenario includes an exaggerated Tug-O'-War between two factions - Hairdo Personalities and Hairdo Conformists. These elaborately wigged and costumed body builders span history representing individuality through hairstyle - versus the preservation of the status quo in coiffure. Vignettes which allude to images of legendary hairdo personalities are cut into this Olympic confrontation. Featured personalities include Godiva, Louis XIV and Medusa, as well as a performance by The Impersonators of Elvis Impersonators.

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Critical Writing

'Coiffure": From Hair to There
by Janet Wilson. Washington Post, 1991.
Playing on the Power of Hair: Muriel Magenta at Scottsdale Center...
by Victoria Reed. Artweek, May 24, 1990, v. 21, no. 20.