Art Exhibition Hosted by Adama Delphine Fawundu

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From 6:00 PM EST on Sun, Mar 10, 2024

To 6:00 PM EST on Sun, Mar 10, 2024

The Newark Museum of Art, Washington Street, Newark, NJ, USA (View Map)

About In the Spirit of Àse (Exhibit Available Today Through March 10th)

Adama Delphine Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist of Mende, Krim, Bamileke and Bubi descent. Her distinct visual language centered around themes of indigenization, and ancestral memory, enriches and expands the visual art canon. Fawundu co-published the critically acclaimed book MFON: Women Photographers of the African DiasporaLearn more about the artist.
 
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. Choosing Sierra Leonean modernist Olayinka Miranda Burney-Nicol (1927-1996) as her entry, Fawundu approached the collection as a repository of insightful and interconnected energies rather than African objects. Further drawn to collection examples that embody Yorùbá philosophy, Mende aesthetics, and connections between art, nature, and spirituality, she created “new beings.” For Fawundu, everything is intertwined and alive with “performative power” known as àṣẹ – the vital force the Yorùbá recognize as the source of all existence, including art and artists.

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About In the Spirit of Àse (Exhibit Available Today Through March 10th)

Adama Delphine Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist of Mende, Krim, Bamileke and Bubi descent. Her distinct visual language centered around themes of indigenization, and ancestral memory, enriches and expands the visual art canon. Fawundu co-published the critically acclaimed book MFON: Women Photographers of the African DiasporaLearn more about the artist.
 
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. Choosing Sierra Leonean modernist Olayinka Miranda Burney-Nicol (1927-1996) as her entry, Fawundu approached the collection as a repository of insightful and interconnected energies rather than African objects. Further drawn to collection examples that embody Yorùbá philosophy, Mende aesthetics, and connections between art, nature, and spirituality, she created “new beings.” For Fawundu, everything is intertwined and alive with “performative power” known as àṣẹ – the vital force the Yorùbá recognize as the source of all existence, including art and artists.

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