“Every time I try to conform to an expectation, it’s more grief than its worth.
In the end, I can’t do everything to make you happy,
So I might as well maintain my sense of identity.
The haircut seems to be the least offensive of all the things I’ve done
The only way I express myself… it’s a choice.”
- Meesoo Lee, A Bad Hair Day (2001)
A haircut is a common life ritual. Everyone, for the most part, has hair – it grows, and needs occasional care. Beyond necessity, haircuts frame how we’d like to convey ourselves to the world: an aesthetic decision we adorn everyday. They differentiate us, yet are also an equalizer; a constant. The relationship with those who cut our hair requires trust. Can we take this risk with a stranger? Can a haircut, beyond simple service, be a therapeutics for the people – an exchange that leaves us transformed?
For the final project, Khan Lee and Andrew Lee will host Francis Cruz as artist-in-residence of Boothy, where he will give complimentary haircuts to the community, making a stratified service accessible to all. Cruz, an artist and professionally-trained stylist, works at Field Trip Hair Co. in Mount Pleasant. For each encounter, he will discuss personal desires to customize the haircut as a means of self-care and personal transformation. In the spirit of the history of salon culture, the age of conversation and the public sphere, we invite you to take a chance, see what emerges, or ask someone outside your everyday circles to try something new.
On June 30, the closing night of What Are Our Supports, Khan Lee, Andrew Lee and Francis Cruz will perform a light-and-sound composition within the parameters of the booth, an absurdist commentary on limitations on space and imaginative potential.
What Are our Supports, a series of artists’ projects in public space by Emily Neufeld with Cease Wyss, Stacey Ho with Elisa Ferrari, DRIL Art Collective, and Khan Lee and Andrew Lee, is made possible through the generous support of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program.
The Or Gallery and Richmond Art Gallery acknowledge their presence on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. We are grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, our members, donors, and volunteers. The Or Gallery is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC).  Meesoo Lee, A Bad Hair Day (2001): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2dtkQ-V_Y
What Are Our Supports: The People’s Salon
Khan Lee and Andrew Lee,with artist-in-residence Francis Cruz
curator: Joni Low
June 26 – 29: 12:00 to 4:00 pm; June 30: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Cathedral Square Park (Dunsmuir at Richards Street, Vancouver)
Saturday, June 30 closing performance: 8:30 – 10:00 pm
Andrew Lee, Khan Lee and Francis Cruz