ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings

A panel discussion moderated by MFON co-founders, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu, will feature contributing photographers sharing perspectives on photography and spirituality.

ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings

Featuring: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Imani Dennison, Diane Wah, Reginê Romain

Presented by

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Saturday, September 15 | 12PM – 1PM

Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville

 

A panel discussion moderated by MFON co-founders, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu, will feature contributing photographers sharing perspectives on photography and spirituality.

PANELIST BIO

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer working in the medium for 20 years. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and has been also published in OkayAfrica, BBC, The Washington Post, Le Point Afrique, CBS News, Vogue, among other publications. She has exhibited at Galarie Ethiopiques (Senegal), Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), Galleria Biagiotti (Italy), Open Ateliers Zuidoost Gallery (Holland), Rencontres d’Arles (France) and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA) among other institutions. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Barrayn also is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first publication in nearly 30 years that features photography produced by women of African descent.

 

Delphine Adama Fawundu is photographer and visual artist born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. She was recently named OkayAfrica’s 100 Women making an impact on the African continent. Ms. Fawundu received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. She is a co-founder and author of the book and journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Ms. Fawundu is a 2016 New York Foundation of the Arts Photography Fellow. She is currently a resident in the Fall 2018, BRIC Workspace residency. In 2018, Ms. Fawundu was awarded The Puffin Foundation Grant, The Toby Award & Prize at Columbia University, and the Morty Frank Printmaking Fellowship. She has also been awarded grants from the Open Society Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Ms. Fawundu’s works are featured in publications and media outlets such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Surface Magazine, Leica Fotografie International, Vogue Online, The Washington Post, Dazed Digital, Arise TV, and the BBC World.

 

Régine Romain is a dynamic storyteller who uses photographs/film/performance to create acts of social resistance stoking the collective imagination, to keep alive new ways of seeing. For the past two years, she lived in Benin, West Africa, conducting research, teaching, completing her “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” mixed-media project and directing/producing three short films. While in West Africa, she created the WaWaWa Diaspora Centre, toactively heal historic wounds and trauma related to the TransAtlantic Slave Trade through inter-generational arts, education, and exchange programs. In August 2018, Régine launched her new podcast entitled “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical via BRIC Brooklyn Free Speech Radio.

 

Diane Wah is a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist working primarily in photography and installation. Her practice focuses primarily on the narrative simulcra of portraiture, and digital iconography in popular culture.

A recipient of a 2009 Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation residency, Wah received her M.F.A from Columbia University and her B.A. from The New School University. She’s being exhibiting her work nationally for the past 10 years. She is currently Creative Director and Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Temple of Epistemological Practice.

 

Imani Dennison was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Imani’s work explores ideas around Blackness, Intimacy, Afro-futurism, Sexuality and Identity. Imani graduated in 2014 from Howard University with a B.A in Political Science and concentrations in International relations, and a minor in Photography. Imani then went on to study at Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa where she furthered her studies in Analogue Photography. Inspired by big city urban life Imani’s interest in analogue photography grew in to a love for moving image. After moving to New York City Imani shot and co-directed her very first motion picture, a short drama titled “Garden of Eden,” which was selected by the Creative Minds in Cannes to screen at the Short Film Corner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Imani currently works as a freelance Photographer/Cinematographer in Brooklyn New York.

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