This exhibition presents new artworks created by Adama Delphine Fawundu with the Museum’s
far-reaching Arts of Global Africa collection as a touchstone for her artistic explorations.
Deep Inside I’m Blue is a journey within the African Diaspora, a witness to the power of connectivity and ancestral memory. Through our collective third eye we heal for the future.
In these works, Fawundu appropriates motifs found on her grandmother's fabrics and transforms them into patterns of exploration. Experimenting with color, form, scale and surface and using textiles, papers and different photo-graphic processes, Fawundu examines the relationship between materiality and identity.
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.
How Great Is Our God is an experimental short film by Adama Delphine Fawundu that centers Black women’s bodies within the most mundane and peaceful settings where everything moves in slow motion. Perhaps in this slow and mundane space we can reflect on humanity, and the fact that Black women are nature; They are the stars and the universe. Black women are luminous.
In this of work, the artist takes the ancient West African deity, Mami Wata, as a departure point and builds on her engagement with her Mende heritage of Sierra Leone. Linking known and under-recognized geographies of the African diaspora, Ms. Fawundu’s work upends national and temporal borders, invoking interconnectivity and transformation across cultural and environmental thresholds.
Experimental video with words, sounds and visual. A collaboration with James Benjamin Lewis aka Biggie Flighter (featured performer) as we explore social issues around language. James Benjamin Lewis is a musician and activist based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, W. Africa.
No Wahala, It’s All Good: A Spiritual Cypher within the Hip-Hop Diaspora is a representation of this cultural connection between Africa and its diaspora.