2015 Artist-in-Residence Rasu Jilani created Griots in ‘The Stuy’: A Neighborhood as a Living Archive, an ephemeral public art exhibition of photographs in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and an online archive of personal stories from Bed-Stuy residents about the neighborhood they call home. Portraits were taken by acclaimed photographer Kwesi Abbensetts. Excerpts from interviews conducted by Rasu accompanied the images, highlighting the Griots’ relationship to the neighborhood.
‘The Stuy’ is a name of adoration given by the natives to the Brooklyn neighborhood. The Stuy has a plethora of rich cultures, diverse people and compelling stories. This project allowed neighborhood residents the opportunity to author collective stories about their community.