Gingerism: Exhibition opens to tackle abuse towards France’s redheads

Gingerism or abuse of red-heads might not be an issue you would associate with France but a French photographer is holding an exhibition to highlight the prejudice facing the country's ginger-haired people.

Gingerism: Exhibition opens to tackle abuse towards France's redheads
Photo: Pascal Sacleux

Jokes about red heads might just seem all fun and games, but it's no laughing matter for one French photographer whose exhibition is aiming to tackle the prejudice known as Gingerism. 

“It’s a form of racism that has persisted for centuries,” says French photographer Pascal Sacleux, a red-head himself, whose series of portraits of 30 ginger-haired people has caught the attention of French people.

The English name for the exhibition is “Brittany: Freckles Rock” and the portraits aim to show the beauty of red-heads in the historically Celtic region of western France where many if not most of the country's flame-haired citizens live. 

Sacleux wants to promote “la roussitude” (ginger-ness, or ginger-pride, taken from the “negritude” movement), encouraging those born with the world’s rarest hair colour to feel proud to be different.

“Many red-heads have really been hurt growing up, and some are destroyed socially,” says Sacleux.

So much so that it was too painful a subject for some of the those he tried to photograph. “Some people refused to meet with me, saying that it would be pointless to rub salt in the wound,” explained Sacleux.

Luckily, lots of people saw the point in his exhibition, and the project has so far crowdfunded most of the required €3,500 to get the portraits printed onto large canvasses which will form a mosaic in the airport hall.

The exhibition opened at Rennes airport on Monday May 1st and will run until June 15th 2017. 

You can see some of the portraits in the video below: 

By Rose Trigg


VIDEO: ‘The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text’

Paris's brand new exhibition on the legendary Kama Sutra takes visitors beyond its risqué reputation and shows the text is more about pleasure than sex. Our colleagues at Parisian News TV gives you an inside look.

VIDEO: 'The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text'
"The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text" - according to curator of new exhibition in Paris. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

If you mention the words "Kama Sutra" in Europe or North America you're likely to draw a blush or knowing nod about what's considered in the west a sex manual.

But the exhibition at the private La Pinacothèque museum, which runs through January, gives viewers a broader perspective on the text that also serves as a guide to virtuous living, love, family and how humans can feel pleasure.

Co-curator Dr. Alka Pande said: "I want people to go away with the view that the Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text but a book of life." 

Here is a look inside the show from Parisian News TV: