Gingers Of The World Unite

Kieran Dodds

Kieran Dodds has been photographing red heads for the past three years and has recently returned from Russia's Perm region which has a particularly high concentration of people with ginger hair.~~ In 2014 Kieran embarked on the series of portraits depicting red-haired people in Scotland where it is a cliche of national identity. Ginger is a colloquial term for what is commonly described as red hair but it is not confined to one culture. This new work made for the Flow international Photography festival in Inverness uses the unique trait to link two regions increasingly at odds politically - Russia and the West. His starting point was a map of red-hair distribution circulating the internet that depicts two ginger hot-spots in Scotland and in Russia. Using this he made portraits of gingers in two cities at almost identical latitudes - Inverness in Scotland and Perm in Russia.

The response to our call-out in Russia produced hundreds of applicants for a few spaces. Participants pointed to Viking, European, Middle Eastern and even Chinese heritage showing the ebb and flow of human migration through centuries and also questioning normal assumptions of national identity. There was even a girl whose mother was from Perm living in Inverness. Although the map's source material is likely dubious, anecdotal evidence points to a high incidence of ginger hair in Udmurtia on the upper Volga near the city of Perm.~~Visually the portraits reference a rich seam in art history that fills the world’s museums and this specific work is used to show how common human traits cross cultural and political boundaries.~~The work will be on display at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery from 8 to 30 September 2017. For more information go to https://www.highlifehighland.com/inverness-museum-and-art-gallery/flow-photofest/

 

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      Alexander Soued, Inverness.

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      Maiya Menshikova, 28.

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