Fatema Maswood has been named Artist in Residence in the City of Providence Office of Sustainability.
Fatema Maswood (they/them, she/her) is an ecological designer, builder, gardener, and educator of Tunisian and Bangladeshi descent. Their work addresses decentralized water infrastructure, disaster resilience, soil remediation, and land justice. Their projects include explorations of traditional North African water harvesting technologies, designing future cities with youth, interactive disaster preparedness games, and graphic introductions to zoning documents and cooperative land ownership. Informed by being raised in a Sufi tradition, Fatema works to embody spiritual practices of recollection, remembrance, and revolution within their artistic practice.
Maswood holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. They were recognized as a 2019 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and awarded a Merit by the American Society of Landscape Architects. They design, build and repair things as a member of Building Circle, a Providence-based worker-cooperative, and garden and make medicine with the Tooth and Nail community support collective.
The call for this residency can be found here.