March 14, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Curator Anita N.Bateman will be joined by exhibiting artists Delphine Adama Fawundu and Nafis White in an exhibition walkthrough. Bateman will discuss the themes of the exhibition and introduce the artists. Each artist will discuss their work in the show and how it connects to “Roots and Roads” themes.
Each artist will discuss their work in the show and how it connects to “Roots & Roads” themes. This event is sponsored by the Stamford Arts & Culture Community Arts Partnership Program.
Delphine Adama Fawundu will discuss her film the cleanse, which is inspired, in part, by the artist’s Mende heritage. (The Mende is an ethnic group hailing from various parts of West Africa). She explores how Mende culture has shape shifted within the African Diaspora despite the horrific societal disruptions such as colonialism and Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Artist Nafis White’s series Roots and Rows inspired the title of the exhibition. She will discuss the photogravure series which is inspired by “the varied hairstyles found within Black culture worldwide, and personally inspired by the Black women in my family…” as well as artworks made of hair and other materials that reference perceived hierarchies within black culture and the artist’s personal history with them