Joyful Blues at Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park
Adama Delphine Fawundu’s Joyful Blues is a banner and pole installation that combines photographs taken in the late 1990s of Black girls in Brooklyn as well as Garra, a fabric design from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Adama Delphine Fawundu’s art is centered on personal and cultural memory, as well as narratives connecting Africa and its diaspora. Textiles and repeated patterning accompany her photography to become an interplay of fact and fiction, history and memory. Fawundu’s banner and pole installation, Joyful Blues, combines photographs taken in the late 1990s of Black girls in Brooklyn as well a Garra fabric designs from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Together, they offer a symbolic backdrop for a reading of the park, one that merges into the landscape like a piece of clothing on the body, deeply informed and shaped by the people that wear them. A representation of ancestral knowledge, the work is meant to inform future generations to embody freedom, love, and joy.