generation to generation · iran si iran (2019), was initiated by the significance of indigenous West African knowledge systems of cloth and adornment, steeped in sacred inheritance and transmitted through time and space. In fellowship with Wolof women coiffure artisans, synthetic hair fibers are intricately hand-twisted into minuscule roped strands classic of traditional Senegalese ceremonial hairdressing techniques then hand-loomed by Manjak master weavers into great lengths of multi-patterned memoirs. With hand and heart the woven cloths are gathered, knotted, wefted and tied. Lineages listened to. Triumphs and tribulations bound taut. This aesthetic language of moment, place, and ritual holds space for the temporal and spiritual to coalesce. A multitude of mothered tongues entangled surround a seat for contemplation.
This work was supported by a grant and residency from the University at Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative.