Adama Delphine Fawundu ’18 in Group Exhibition at Bric House

Mădălina Telea Borteș
November 10, 2023

The Bric House Gallery, a cornerstone in Brooklyn's cultural landscape, is presenting B-side: (Broken) Memory and Remix, a group exhibition featuring the photographic works of Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Director of Graduate Studies, and alumna Adama Delphine Fawundu ’18.

The subject of this group exhibition is “Hip-Hop and its history of preserving memory as fragments (sampling, remix, mashups, covers),” the gallery’s press release notes. Taking as its start the act of remixing as a vital element of Hip-Hop, the works featured investigate and advance fragmented memory as both subject and method. Often, they do this by “follow[ing] the genre of abstracted recollection” more so than documenting Hip-Hop’s historical events. 

Fawundu’s featured photographic works, such as and we don’t quit, rock, rock on to the beat y’all! (2023), a series of eight inkjet prints on museum boxes, are on view alongside a larger collection of works entitled, and it don’t stop (Cyanotypes, photo lumens, photocopies, block prints, 35mm film, medium format film, cassette tape film, raffia, bamboo earrings, a rose quartz crystal, hair, copper, a speaker, beaucoup thread and rhizomatic energy, 2023). 

Whereas and we don’t quit splices together scenes from concerts with photos of cassette and 45 rpm vinyl sleeves, and it don’t stop expands the photographic medium into a large-scale sculptural artwork printed on a tapestry made of beaucoup thread. The photos in and it don’t stop interweave lines of narrative such as daily life during the 1990s in Crown Heights, with Fawundu’s grandmother’s Sierra Leonean textile patterns. The result is a sculptural photo essay hung and draped from the gallery’s aluminum ceiling supports. 

B-side: (Broken) Memory and Remix is on view until January 21, 2024.

Adama Delphine Fawundu is a visual artist born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.  Ms. Fawundu is a co-author/editor of the critically acclaimed book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. This book features over 100 women photographers of African descent from around the globe.  Fawundu was featured in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary film, In Our Mother’s Garden, directed by Shantrelle P. Lewis.  She was awarded a Rema Hort Mann Artist Grant as well as the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship amongst other awards.