MFON in Seattle: Exhibition Program Catalog
imagine | evolve, Mar 4, 2020
This is a catalog of works from "MFON in Seattle" exhibitions - "ALTAR Prayer Ritual Offering" at Jacob Lawrence Gallery (the Jake) with artists Deborah Jack, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Jamila Clarke, Marilú Mapengo Namoda, Maureen Douabou, Petrona Morrison, Tiffany Smith, Valda Nogueira (d).Co-curated by Berette S Macaulay, Delphine Fawundu, Laylah Barrayn; and "Exploring Passages Within the Black Diaspora" at Photographic Center NW (PCNW) with artists Abigail Hadeed, Courtney Desiree Morris, Intisar Abioto, LeLeita McKILL, Mia K McNeal, Miatta Kawinzi, Nadia Alexis, Nadia Huggins, Ricky Weaver, Zoraida Lopez.Curated by Berette S Macaulay. It includes a Foreword written by Negarra A. Kudumu, Manager of Public Programs at Frye Art Museum, essay contributions from MFON Founders Fawundu and Barryan and local Seattle writers, and statements from Terry Novak (PCNW) and Emily Zimmerman and Elizabeth Calvillo Dueñas (the Jake)._______________"MFON in Seattle" is a collaborative program of exhibitions and panels, with partnering institutions to bring MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora to Seattle. In 2017, artist Adama Delphine Fawundu and photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn released the seminal MFON photography journal featuring 118 photographers from 27 nations. The journal and MFON Legacy Grant were launched to honor the memory and work of their friend and colleague, the late photographer Mmekutmfon 'Mfon' Essien. Since its launch, MFON has received support from culture-makers, consumers, scholars, stakeholders, and media platforms alike - because it highlights a group of photographers rarely seen let alone celebrated or critically engaged.Created and organized by artist-curator Berette S. Macaulay, this institutional partnership between Frye Art Museum, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and Photographic Center of the Northwest, introduces Seattle publics and beyond to the broad yet nuanced creative, cultural, and interventionist visions offered by black women photographers both internationally as well as in the Pacific Northwest. ""MFON in Seattle" is a unique opportunity to participate in a growing discourse of in/visibility through direct connection between global and local women photographers of color," explains Macaulay.
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