Aisha Tandiwe Bell’s studio practice is a commitment to creating myth and ritual through the use of narrative performance art, video, sound, drawing and installation. She is interested in the idea of multiple consciousnesses as a means of escape and empowerment. Bell uses repetition and multiples to explore the possibilities for the characters she creates. Bell has 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 with the urban alternative spoken word group, Second 2 Last, where together they released two albums Say Word – 1999 and Babble On – 2004. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts 2005 fellow in Performance Art/ Multidisciplinary Work and a 2006 Skowhegan Fellow. Bell holds a B.F.A. and an M.S. in Arts Education from Pratt Institute and received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Hunter College in 2008. In 2009-2010 Bell was an Artist in Resident at the Abrons Art Center.
Bell will be rewriting and illustrating a strange alternative history of Governors Island. This will also document her travels to the island through the three seasons of her residency with video and sound.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist