Braiding and adornment as aesthetic practice
Braiding and adornment as community
BRAID/WORK is a collaborative project between Sarah Beth Woods and professional hair braider Fatimata Traore that investigates the history and aesthetics of braiding culture as well as identity, adornment and labor through a series of community engaged events. The material components of this project are staged tableau photographs and hair sculptures that skillfully weave reality and fiction, using Woods’ and Traore’s working relationship as a point of departure.
Art on Sedgwick previous studio, 1420 N. Sedgwick Street
About The Artists
Fatimata Traore | I’m a native African, first generation American citizen in Illinois. My nickname from my grandmother when I was younger was “little girl with golden hands.” I’ve been crafting since I was a very young age.
Sarah Beth Woods | A Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist, Woods’ background as a painter and critical cultural worker led to an interest in the aesthetics and political implications of modern surfaces and the body, specifically skin and hair, saturated color and shine.