ING Unseen Award 2019

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Kevin Osepa's project "Sinta Ketu" takes home the
ING Unseen Award 2019.

Kevin Osepa's project "Sinta Ketu" takes home the
ING Unseen Award 2019.

Kevin Osepa's project "Sinta Ketu" takes home the
ING Unseen Award 2019.

Kevin Osepa's project "Sinta Ketu" takes home the
ING Unseen Award 2019.

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Sinta Ketu

By Kevin Osepa

By Valentino Angela

Kevin's Osepa's work "Sinta Ketu" explores various themes regarding black barbershops. For 3 weeks Kevin researched and photographed in a barbershop where he came across various intimate moment between a barber and the client. Sinta Ketu translates to Sit Still, which is what a client usually does when the barber is shaving him.

These black barbershops are seen as spaces where black men don't only come for a haircut but also the experience of coming together and sharing without prejudace. At the same time these spaces poses a lot of hypermasculinity and homophobia. This with consequence that most gay black men lose valued membership to an 'institute' that has a legacy of uplifting black communities.

Within this project Kevin points out the very intimate moments during the haircut itself that a client has with his barber which creates the ultimate bond between the two. A moment where all this toxicity disappears for a brief moment.

The project was exhibited at Unseen, Amsterdam and has won the ING Unseen Award 2019.

Awards:
ING Unseen Award 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kevin's Osepa's work "Sinta Ketu" explores various themes regarding black barbershops. For 3 weeks Kevin researched and photographed in a barbershop where he came across various intimate moment between a barber and the client. Sinta Ketu translates to Sit Still, which is what a client usually does when the barber is shaving him.

These black barbershops are seen as spaces where black men don't only come for a haircut but also the experience of coming together and sharing without prejudace. At the same time these spaces poses a lot of hypermasculinity and homophobia. This with consequence that most gay black men lose valued membership to an 'institute' that has a legacy of uplifting black communities.

Within this project Kevin points out the very intimate moments during the haircut itself that a client has with his barber which creates the ultimate bond between the two. A moment where all this toxicity disappears for a brief moment.

The project was exhibited at Unseen, Amsterdam and has won the ING Unseen Award 2019.

Awards:
ING Unseen Award 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kevin's Osepa's work "Sinta Ketu" explores various themes regarding black barbershops. For 3 weeks Kevin researched and photographed in a barbershop where he came across various intimate moment between a barber and the client. Sinta Ketu translates to Sit Still, which is what a client usually does when the barber is shaving him.

These black barbershops are seen as spaces where black men don't only come for a haircut but also the experience of coming together and sharing without prejudace. At the same time these spaces poses a lot of hypermasculinity and homophobia. This with consequence that most gay black men lose valued membership to an 'institute' that has a legacy of uplifting black communities.

Within this project Kevin points out the very intimate moments during the haircut itself that a client has with his barber which creates the ultimate bond between the two. A moment where all this toxicity disappears for a brief moment.

The project was exhibited at Unseen, Amsterdam and has won the ING Unseen Award 2019.

Awards:
ING Unseen Award 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kevin's Osepa's work "Sinta Ketu" explores various themes regarding black barbershops. For 3 weeks Kevin researched and photographed in a barbershop where he came across various intimate moment between a barber and the client. Sinta Ketu translates to Sit Still, which is what a client usually does when the barber is shaving him.

These black barbershops are seen as spaces where black men don't only come for a haircut but also the experience of coming together and sharing without prejudace. At the same time these spaces poses a lot of hypermasculinity and homophobia. This with consequence that most gay black men lose valued membership to an 'institute' that has a legacy of uplifting black communities.

Within this project Kevin points out the very intimate moments during the haircut itself that a client has with his barber which creates the ultimate bond between the two. A moment where all this toxicity disappears for a brief moment.

The project was exhibited at Unseen, Amsterdam and has won the ING Unseen Award 2019.

Awards:
ING Unseen Award 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kevin's Osepa's work "Sinta Ketu" explores various themes regarding black barbershops. For 3 weeks Kevin researched and photographed in a barbershop where he came across various intimate moment between a barber and the client. Sinta Ketu translates to Sit Still, which is what a client usually does when the barber is shaving him.

These black barbershops are seen as spaces where black men don't only come for a haircut but also the experience of coming together and sharing without prejudace. At the same time these spaces poses a lot of hypermasculinity and homophobia. This with consequence that most gay black men lose valued membership to an 'institute' that has a legacy of uplifting black communities.

Within this project Kevin points out the very intimate moments during the haircut itself that a client has with his barber which creates the ultimate bond between the two. A moment where all this toxicity disappears for a brief moment.

The project was exhibited at Unseen, Amsterdam and has won the ING Unseen Award 2019.

Awards:
ING Unseen Award 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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