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Royal Nail Salon

Royal Nail Salon is an on-going project about giving manicure service as an artistic expression and practice.

It was initiated on 1st April, 2019, when the artist hosted a half-day manicure workshop in the art academy. All materials are free to use. The only rule is to only paint nails and choose colours for the other person. Being neither a self-service nor a staff-client service, the nail salon workshop aimed to explore the possibilities of interactions happening in a get-together spot.

The idea of Royal Nail Salon is to bring the”non-art”, the “mundane” and “service” to art spaces or the academic context. It is an attempt to break boundaries, to build immediate communities, and to provide a platform for queerness, bodily intimacy, and alternative storytelling.

Kexin and Yusuf invented the special service “Tarot and Nails”. They ask participants to pick 10 cards by their 10 fingers. Yusuf reads the cards and Kexin painted the nails of the fingers according to her interpretation of the reading. Colour, glitter and pattern have thus become metaphorical and esoteric.

Royal Nail Salon / Tarot and Nails have (co-)hosted / participated in:
Royal Nail Salon
Rietveld Flea Market
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Pisswife #3 Launch Party
Cinema Underexposed Film Festival!
Roller Disco / Basement Beach Club X Note To Self After Party
CinemAsia presents : Live in between vol. 2: Trans-dialogue