On the occasion of Adama Delphine Fawundu: The Sacred Star of Isis, the artist will be in conversation with curators Carmen Hermo and Niama Safia Sandy to discuss her solo exhibition, which takes the West African deity, Mami Wata, as a departure point. A performance by Nana Chinara, responding to Ms. Fawundu's exhibition, will follow.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Nana Chinara creates. She’s Black, Queer, and a gleaming glitterbeam. She dreams up worlds in her body, and offers them to the stage. A healing artist, youth educator, and loquacious lover, her craft calls upon exploring sweet intimacy with the self through self-research and self-reflection. Her artistry is the lens through which she conducts self and community research on inner wisdom, violence against young black femmes, traumatic partnerships, and multidimensional love. Her first and foremost intention as an artist is to use her healing tools to exist inside of her body and at the realm of her ancestors, indulging in being witnessed.
Carmen Hermo is Associate Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She is co-curating Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall (opening May 3rd). She curated Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making (2017), co-organized Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty (2016–17), the Brooklyn presentation of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 (2018), and Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection (2018). Previously, she was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Carmen received her B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Richmond and is pursuing an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College.
Niama Safia Sandy is a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, and essayist. Sandy's work delves into the human story - through the application and critical lenses of culture, healing, history, migration, music, race and ritual. She sees her role as that of an agitator - one who endeavors to simultaneously call into question and make sense of the seemingly arbitrary nature of modern life and to celebrate our shared humanity in the process, while developing critical and creative modalities grounded in histories of the global Black Diaspora to enable others to do the same. She is an alumnae of Howard University, SOAS, University of London, and the No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab. Niama is a founding curator of the Southeast Queens Biennial which debuted in 2018. Her curatorial oeuvre includes multiple ongoing exhibition projects with internationally renowned art institutions. Niama has convened panels, led discussions, and presented papers at Prizm Art Fair, Creative Time Summit, Harvard University, Oberlin College and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Sandy’s writing has been featured in Artsy, MFON: Women Photographers of the Black Diaspora, NAD NOW, and more.