Visionaries is excited to return to Photoville this year to present Hyphenated, featuring first and second generation American photographers who explore themes of identity, memory, home and belonging through their work.
Presenters: Adama Delphine Fawundu Pete Pin Keisha Scarville
Moderators: Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
Visionaries is excited to return to Photoville this year to present Hyphenated, featuring first and second generation American photographers who explore themes of identity, memory, home and belonging through their work. As new Americans, these artists often live in multiple worlds. With their unique insider-outsider access and perspective, they represent and probe their own past and present — bridging the gap between geographically separated but historically connected communities. Rather than having their stories told to them, these artists imagine the spaces in between, narrating the “Hyphenated” experience in the first person.
Adama Delphine Fawundu is a photographer and visual artist born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University School of the Arts.
Ms. Fawundu has been documenting global hip-hop and urban youth culture for over twenty years. Her art re-imagines and glorifies the strength of African and Black diaspora culture and identities that continue to evolve, despite the social violence of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonialism.
Ms. Fawundu is a co-founder and author of the book and movement, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She is currently an artist-in-resident at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. Her awards include the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Grant, and the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant.
Ms. Fawundu’s works can be found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Norton Museum of Art, Corridor Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland.
Pete Pin is a Brooklyn-based Cambodian-American photographer. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand following the Cambodian Killing Fields and raised in California as a first generation refugee, he uses his work to explore the legacy of the Killing Fields in the Cambodian-American diaspora. For the past four years, he has been photographing in Cambodian communities across the U.S., with the aim of using photography to create generational dialogue through community engagement and collaborative storytelling. Pin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the International Center of Photography.
Keisha Scarville self identifies as a first generation Guyanese-American-Brooklynite. She photographs her family and common everyday objects in order to investigate issues surrounding identity and memory. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Rush Arts Gallery, Bric Arts Media House, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. In addition, her work has appeared in Transition Magazine, Nueva Luz, Photo District News.edu, ARC Magazine, Time, Vibe, Nylon, and The New York Times where her work has also received critical review. Currently, Keisha is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel is a photo editor at National Geographic, where she commissions and produces stories for the History and Culture desk. She edited many of the stories in the magazine’s 2019-2020 series highlighting women and the 2018 series on race and diversity. In 2019, Samuel received second place as POYI’s magazine media visual editor of the year. Prior to joining National Geographic, she oversaw public programming for Photoville and managed Anastasia Photo gallery and Hank Willis Thomas’ studio. She was a co-founder and curator of the Brooklyn Photo Salon.
After studying anthropology and photography at New York University, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She received her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, with a focus on economic development and media. Brooklyn, NY will always be home but Jennifer currently resides in Washington, D.C.