Authors in Conversation | MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
Join us for a discussion with the creators and artists of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, an exclusive and commemorative publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of MFON features 100 women photographers across the Diaspora. This iconic issue includes an introduction by Dr. Deborah Willis, MacArthur Fellow and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It also features essays written by women scholars, journalists and artists.
MFON is founded by award winning documentary photographer, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and critically acclaimed, award winning visual artist, Adama Delphine Fawundu with the goal of creating awareness of the impact that women photographers of African descent have in the world. They are joined by Emmy award winning producer and MFON‘s deputy editor, Crystal Whaley.
This program will include a book signing and wine reception.
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn has worked as a documentary and portrait photographer for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, CBS New among other publications. She has exhibited at Galarie Ethiopiques (Senegal), Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), Galleria Biagiotti (Italy), and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA). She is the co-founder and co-editor in chief of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
Adama Delphine Fawundu is an Brooklyn based award winning photographer and visual artist. She is a founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Her art investigates the construction of histories and identities within the African diaspora and has been exhibited internationally.
Crystal Whaley is an EMMY award winning creative producer, curator and writer. Crystal is an avid documentarian and founder of forthcoming curatorial project, M’Dear: ReClaiming Our Seat at the Table as well as a photographer, published in various magazines as well as a featured photographer in the Group Exhibition show, “Resurrections” Latin Art Collector Gallery New York in October 2005.
Oriana Koren is a Florida-born photographer, writer, and activist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Koren’s work is shaped by the fusion of personal narrative and in-depth documentary practice focusing on the principal contributions of POC, immigrant, and womxn’s communities within American foodways and food culture. Some of their clients include Random Penguin House, The California Sunday Magazine, Lucky Peach and Esquire.
A Los Angeles Native, Angelica Ekeke moved to the Bay Area to complete her discipline in Photojournalism and Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University. Her love for art, texture, beauty, and authentic storytelling plays a significant role in her work, which has been exhibited and featured intentionally, as well as locally.