In the Face of History Freedom Cape, Performance Still.

Professor Adama Delphine Fawundu Included in Martin Luther King Day Celebration

BY Catherine Fisher, January 28, 2022

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) hosted a series of events on Monday, January 17, 2022, in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


In conjunction with these events, BAM unveiled a digital billboard-based group exhibition, Salvation: A State of Being, featuring work by seven Black visual artists, including professor Adama Delphine Fawundu, that draws inspiration from the late trailblazing Black feminist, social critic, and author bell hooks.

Fawundu contributed two images to this billboard-based show which was free to the public and looped continuously on the corner of Flatbush Ave and Lafayette Ave in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The first piece is a photograph titled In the Face of History Freedom Cape #1 and the second is titled In the Face of History Freedom Cape, Performance Still.

Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist born in Brooklyn of Mende and Bubi descent. Fawundu co-published the critically acclaimed book, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. For decades, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalist. Her awards include, The Anonymous Was A Women Grant, New York Foundation for The Arts Photography Fellowship (2016) and the Rema Hort Mann Artist Grant (2018) amongst others. She was commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory to participate in the 100 Years|100 Women Project/The Women’s Suffrage NYC Centennial Consortium (2019-2021).  Her works are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Princeton University Museum, Princeton, NJ; Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA; The Petrucci Family Foundation of African American Art, Asbury, NJ; The Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Springs, FL, The David C. Driskell Art Collection, College Park, MD; and number of private collections.