Delphine Fawundu is interested in identities that internalize and counteract the socio-political norms in Westernized and post-colonial societies. Through self-portraits, Ms. Fawundu explores the idea of an African identity. Within this archetype, she explores the collective unconscious (memory), the identity of women, and the complexities of race and class.
Ms. Fawundu-Buford’s work can be found in collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Danny Simmons’s Corridor Gallery, The Brooklyn Historical Society, Catherine Edelman Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She has received numerous fellowships and grants from foundations such as the Soros Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, Fund for Teachers, National Association for Black Journalists, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Delphine has participated in artist residencies at the African Artists Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. She has produced commissioned projects including the mini-documentary and solo photography exhibition titled, “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home: A Community Faces Gentrification,” at the Brooklyn Historical Society and “Touched: Black & Latina Women Living with HIV” for the Women’s Institute of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Delphine plans to photograph as much of the world as possible and has traveled to Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Spain, Egypt, Jamaica, The Netherlands, England, France, Germany, Denmark, and Cuba creating personal projects.
Black Magic: Afro Pasts/FuturesApril 24th- May 22nd, 2016
Curated by Niama Safia Sandy