A photographer explores the links between Africa and the diaspora

Photographer and multimedia artist Delphine Fawundu plans to share her latest work exploring the connections between Africa and the Diaspora in an online conference, “Tales and Textiles,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. These works include “Passageways #2, Secrets, Traditions, Truths Said and Unsaid or Unsaid. Photo by Delphine Fawundu

ROCKPORT — Photographer and multimedia artist Delphine Fawundu plans to share her latest works exploring the connections between Africa and the diaspora in an online conference, “Tales and Textiles,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27.

This talk is part of the Alumni Lecture Series, a weekly online series offered by Maine Media Workshops + College that offers conversations on topics related to photography, film, book arts and design, and writing. .

Fawundu’s multimedia photographic work uses engraving, video, sound and assemblage. By incorporating elements of biography, philosophy and mythology into his art, Fawundu’s work reflects individual and collective experience in relation to the history and reality of the African diaspora, according to a press release from Maine Media.

Fawundu will be joined by conference moderator Charles Daniel Dawson, a professor in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. Dawson is a New York-based photographer, curator, arts administrator, consultant, filmmaker, and scholar.

“The artistry of Delphine Fawundu represents the ideas of a decolonized international vision,” said Dawson. “On one level, this represents his hip-hop experiences growing up in the great Afro-Caribbean country of Brooklyn; on another level, as the child of immigrants, it represents her even deeper grounding in the ancient African cultures of her mother and father, cultures that she continually draws upon and reinterprets for her contemporary imagery.

“We are thrilled to welcome Delphine and showcase her work to the Maine Media community,” said Michael Mansfield, President and CEO of Maine Media. “Delphine’s practice as an artist – these breathtaking pieces – are truly eye-opening. I couldn’t be more excited to witness this discussion between two remarkable people.

The series is free and open to the public through sponsorship from Camden National Bank, WERU Community Radio FM89.9, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Allen Insurance and Financial, Two Ponds Press, Page Gallery, B&H Photo and Video and Cedar Crest. Inn, as well as through private donations.

Registration is required at mainemedia.edu/lectures.

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