Take Me to the River
About the Project
Using her background in mosaic art, Haifa Bint-Kadi transformed the façade of a South Yonkers laundromat in her project Take Me to the River. She was interested in resurrecting the history of the diverse South Yonkers neighborhood and in collecting stories from residents. With the laundromat’s mosaic depicting this history, Haifa brought attention to the rapid development occurring in the area and the surrounding Hudson waterfront and empowered residents to become active in the discourse about community change. She also turned the interior of the laundromat into an information center for literature and notices regarding town hall meetings and community resources.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Haifa Bint-Kadi’s public art features mosaic murals and sculptures based on the theme of Resurrection History. “I excavate those marginalized voices. Art should be accessible not simply because it’s installed in a public space, but because the artist has engaged the community in discourse.” Haifa recently completed a sculpture park for the State of New York at SUNY Oneonta and is currently working on a large in-ground mosaic depicting a map of the American eel’s migration for the City of Yonkers. Haifa Bint-Kadi holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. and is a first-generation American.