ABOUT THE PROJECT
In the Akan language of West Africa, “susu” means small-small. It refers to the build-up of small contributions that create something larger from which everyone benefits. Through a series of performances that took place in front of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Marmy Laundromat, Brooklyn-based artist Aisha Tandiwe Bell created SUSU – a fabric sculpture made from articles of clothing donated by her neighbors. The finished sculpture was later installed at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden at 95 Malcolm X Blvd.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Aisha Bell is a Brooklyn-based artist working in performance, video, and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited at the Abrons Art Center, MOCADA, CCADI, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Rush Arts, the Corridor Gallery, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Lincoln Center Cork Gallery, Skylight Gallery, the Rosa Parks Museum, the National Catholic Museum, the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC and several other venues. She has been a writer and performance artist and has released two albums with the urban alternative spoken word group, Second 2 Last. In 2011, Bell was a Swing Space artist at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a 2009-2010 Artist in Residence at the Abrons Art Center, a 2006 Skowhegan Fellow, and a 2005 Fellow in performance art/multidisciplinary work at New York Foundation for the Art. Bell holds a BFA and an MS in Arts Education from Pratt Institute and received an MFA in sculpture from Hunter College in 2008.