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Adama Delphine Fawundu, Kpoto Alchemy 6, 2024

Adama Delphine Fawundu

close your eyes, listen to our breath

Performance + Conversation 

April 18, 2024, 6:30-9:30 pm. Performance 7 pm, Conversation 8 pm, Reception 8:30- 9:30pm

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Join artist Adama Delphine Fawundu as she presents new artworks, a performance, and a conversation. This event is part of Fawundu’s year-long artist-in-residence with SHINE Portrait Studio and participation in Express Newark’s “Blues People”.


During her residency, the artist created a range of new works, which will be viewable during her performance on April 18. These works include a photographic backdrop installation along with wearable garments for SHINE’S main studio, props, free to use for any users of the studio in their works. With the backdrop and garments, Fawundu also created a series of photographic self-portraits. These works, along with her signature textile pieces, will be featured in SHINE’S inaugural “Changing Room,” a hybrid art deco-inspired functional dressing room, studio and project space. Down the hallway in Express Newark’s main two-story stairwell Fawundu created an installation, “a spirited house of blues for we,” draping large-scale textile pieces. The works in SHINE and the stairwell bookend the artist’s immersive installation, “Who We Be,” featured in “Blues People.”


For her performance, Adama Delphine Fawundu and Che Buford will create a space for imagination and manifestation through improvised sounds, movement and energies.  “close your eyes, listen to our breath”, is an offering inviting audiences to bring positive thought for each other and our collective futures.

Following the performance, Express Newark’s Associate Curator & Senior Program Coordinator, Alliyah Allen will lead a conversation with Fawundu.

About the Artist

Adama Delphine Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist born in Brooklyn, NY of Bubi, Mende, Bamileke, and Krim descent. Her distinct visual language centers on themes of indigenization and ancestral memory.


Fawundu co-published the critically acclaimed book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Fawundu’s solo exhibition, In the Spirit of Áṣẹ, was at the Newark Museum of Art from April 2023 to March 2024. Her awards include the Catchlight Fellowship, the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, New York Foundation for The Arts Photography Fellowship, and the Rema Hort Mann Artist Grant, amongst others. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Princeton University Museum; Bryn Mawr College; The Petrucci Family Foundation of African American Art, Asbury, NJ; The Brooklyn Historical Society; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; The David C. Driskell Art Collection, College Park, MD; and a number of private collections. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University.

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