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Mapping Soulville

About the Project

Mapping Soulville is part of a larger series called SAY IT LOUD!: Performance Art Scores for the Young Gifted and Fabulous. It centers on expanding the pre-existing practice of renaming streets in black communities to reflect residents’ culture and history. For this interpretation, Cousins will invite her neighbors to imagine a map of Malcolm X Blvd full of intersecting streets that create a walkable timeline of Malcolm’s life.


Aisha Cousins writes performance art scores (instructions for live art projects) that engage black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. Her interactive, public performance art scores have been performed on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn) to Brixton (London), as well as inside institutions such as the Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston’s Project Row Houses, the Kitchen, and the internationally renowned MoMA PS1.


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