'Peluca' by Renell Medrano x Milk Studios

by Morgan Vickery

Aweng, 2018  60 x 40 inches  Archival pigment print  Originally shot for 10Men, Autumn / Winter Issue  Hair: Evanie Fausto  Style: Simon Rasmussen  MU: Marcelo Gutierrez

Aweng, 2018

60 x 40 inches

Archival pigment print

Originally shot for 10Men, Autumn / Winter Issue

Hair: Evanie Fausto

Style: Simon Rasmussen

MU: Marcelo Gutierrez

Bronx-born photographer Renell Medrano debuted her multi-disciplinary exhibition at the Milk Studios space in Chelsea on September 5th. Spanish for wig, “Peluca kicked off fashion week with editorial photographs, and art installations highlighting a cultural conversation around Renell’s community.

Medrano’s portraitures embody the social stigma surrounding hair juxtaposed with the transformative and empowering qualities that wigs can induce. Curated by Jonathan Gardenhire, the immersive space featured a salon experience in collaboration with Lauren Nikrooz, an extraordinarily-sized wig installation by Evanie Frausto, and a collaborative short film between Renell and Thuan Tran.

Untitled, 2019  40 x 30 inches  Archival pigment print  Edition 1 of 5 + 2APs

Untitled, 2019

40 x 30 inches

Archival pigment print

Edition 1 of 5 + 2APs

“The art installation resembles the salons I grew up going to when I was younger. It’s incredibly nostalgic for me. I want people to experience the salons I know and loved, and what they mean to me.” Medrano said.

The vulnerable yet bewitching exhibition is a powerful exchange between subjects and viewers and is now open to the public until September 15th at Milk Studios.