Redheads stand out. The bright auburn and orange-hued locks, pale skin and multiple freckles are all unmissable, catapulting their owners to the center of (sometimes undesired) attention. An Israeli exhibition is now celebrating their uniqueness and beauty, and ISRAEL21c just got a fiery sneak peek.
The idea for the exhibit all started when a redheaded family came to photographer Sharon Halabi’s studio for a portrait. Captivated by the encounter, Halabi reached out on Facebook to redheads, asking to photograph them. Some 300 people of all ages answered the call and were photographed over the course of a year.
The stunning results culminated in the “Fifty Shades of Fire” exhibit, now showcasing at the “Gan Hamuzeun” open-air gallery of the Israeli Cartoon Museum in Holon in central Israel. On the opening day of the exhibit, hundreds of Israeli redheads gathered on site for the country’s second-ever “redhead meeting,” organized by 13-year-old (redhead) Ofri Moshe.
The exhibit’s organizers hope to get across the message that different is beautiful.
“Curating this exhibition, I call on all redheads, especially the younger ones, to be proud, not to allow their surroundings to mock the difference in their hair color, skin and temperament. And on the non-redheads in society: accept those who are different, don’t hurt them for being dissimilar to you,” says exhibition curator Ilana Carmeli-Lenner.
“Fifty Shades of Fire” at Gan Hamuzeun, 61 Weizmann St., Holon. Exhibition runs until April 30, 2019. Free admission.