Adama Delphine Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.
"Adama Delphine Fawundu's work is about finding ways to connect with her kin - a group not merely confined to those who share a direct common ancestor but an expansive defintion inclusive of the many who descend from the dispersed, the stolen, those for whom the violence, and opportunity wrough by the sea is at once a spectre and a face of everyday life," writes scholar Niama Safia Sandy.
With over fifteen years experience working as a photographer, Fawundu enhance her studio practice and completed her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2018. She now uses photography, printmaking, video, sound and assemblage as an artistic language.
Fawundu co-founded and independently published the sold-out book MFON: Woman Photographers of the African Disapora. The critically acclaimed book MFON led Fawundu on a book tour which included talks at The Tate Modern, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harvard University amongst many other institutions. The book is in numerous libraries around the world including The Victoria & Albert Museum, Columbia University, The International Center of Photography, and Harvard University.
In recognition of her artistic practice, Fawundu was nominated for an won the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Award, named OkayAfrica's 100 Women making an impact on Africa and its Disapora and included in the Roya Photographic Soceity's (UK) Hundred Heroines, in 2018. Fawundu's awards also include, New York Foundation of the Arts Photography Fellow, Brooklyn Art Council Grant, Open Society Foundation Community Fellow, the Brooklyn Historical Society Community Initiative Grant, BRIC Workspace Artist in Residence and she is currently an artist in residence at the Center for Book Art.
Fawundu has exhibited internationally, with two solo shows in 2019 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Crush Curatoria gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
Fawundu's works can be found in the private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Historical Soceity, The Norton Museum of Art, Corridor Art Gallery, The David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland and The Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.