CAA Arts Access Event: Crush Curatorial with Adama Delphine Fawundu '18SOA

CAA Arts Access Event: Crush Curatorial with Adama Delphine Fawundu '18SOA

Date and time 
Mar 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Exhibition, Tour
Visual Arts
Event type 
Arts Access Event
Alumni Artist Event

Columbia Alumni and Guests $10

Columbia Students Free

Crush Curatorial
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
526 West 26th Street, Suite # 709
New York, NY 10001
United States

Join CAA Arts Access and Columbia University School of the Arts for a private exhibition viewing with artist Adama Delphine Fawundu '18SOA for her solo exhibition, Adama Delphine Fawundu: The Sacred Star of Isis at Crush Curatorial, founded by Karen Hesse Flatow '84BUS, '96SOA.

In this newly-conceived body 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.

The exhibition includes video works and a series of photographs titled the The Sacred Star of Isis (2017-ongong) featuring the artist occupying a host of settings that bore witness to events of the diaspora. Documenting herself as a black female agent within these ghostly sites, Ms. Fawundu employs masks, garments, and gestures to mark the specificity of her locations and to unearth stories that sit beneath their surfaces. The artist is also premiering a series of mixed media works inspired by fabrics hand-dyed by her paternal grandmother, Adama, and her aunt of Sierra Leone.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

About the artist

Adama Delphine Fawundu was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. In 2018, she completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Columbia University. Ms. Fawundu was awarded a 2018 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts. She was a BRIC Workspace artist-in-residence in 2018 and a New York Foundation of the Arts Photography Fellow in 2016. Ms. Fawundu is a co-founder and author of the book and journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She was included in OkayAfrica’s “100 Women making an impact on Africa and its diaspora” in 2018. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Lagos Photo Festival, and the Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 (UK), among others and is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. A solo presentation of the artist’s work will be on view at the African American Museum of Philadelphia from March 8 - May 12.

Visit the artist's site here.

About the gallery

C R U S H C U R A T O R I A L is an artist-run gallery founded by Karen Hesse Flatow in 2016. Flatow collaborates with artists and curators to execute projects outside the traditional gallery structure within the context of her studio practice. In 2018, Alison Karasyk joined CRUSH as Associate Director. Flatow received her MBA and MFA from Columbia University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Karasyk completed her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CSS Bard) and her BA at Oberlin College. Curatorial focus is on collaborative projects and emerging artists, creating events and experiences that engage the artistic community, viewers and makers.

Visit the gallery site here.