Between the Lines Broadside Collaboration:
Adama Delphine Fawundu & Bro. Truth
About Between the Lines
Center for Book Arts 2021 Workspace Artist in Residence Rowan Renée‘s year-long project Between the Lines—consisting of correspondence based workshop series with LGBTQ+ artists incarcerated in Texas and Florida—concluded with an in-person reading & print launch event at CBA (28 West 27th St, 3rd Fl) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Six limited-edition broadsides produced by collaborative pairs of NYC-based artists and queer incarcerated artists are available for order. Individual broadsides are $15 and the entire series can be purchased for $75. All proceeds directly benefit organizations supporting queer incarcerated artists.
About Adama Delphine Fawundu & Bro. Truth’s Broadside
When designing the broadside, Fawundu was inspired by Bro. Truth’s series of comics about Truth’s fictional alter-ego, Katman, and his sidekick, Double Ree, working together in pursuit of civil rights and liberation. Using the Risograph and letterpress, Fawundu reproduced Truth’s drawings using colors Fawundu felt reflected Truth’s vibrantly powerful poems and personality. Fawundu imagines Truth creating a future for us all in what Truth calls “Planet Love.”
Adama Delphine Fawundu
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 MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her art explores 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. Fawundu is a co-founder and author of the book and movement, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Her awards include the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Grant, and the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant. Fawundu’s works can be found in private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The Norton Museum of Art, Corridor Art Gallery, The 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.
Bro. Truth, AKA Bro Hernandez Wiley, is a freedom fighter mobilizing his visual art and spoken word to combat racism, misogyny, and prejudice for all Americans. He has broken the chains of the mind to live free from oppression.
He is a contributor to A.B.O. Comix, based in Oakland, California, which publishes work from incarcerated LGBTQ+ people, and he participates in Between the Lines, a series of collaborative art workshops by correspondence. His contributions will be exhibited in The Power of We, a large-scale public art exhibition, supported by We, Women Photo, that will travel across the U.S. to venues in Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans. In 2021, his work was featured in the virtual exhibition Freedom & Captivity, a state-wide humanities initiative in Maine that asks contributors to imagine freedom in an abolitionist society.
Bro. Truth’s comics star himself as Katman, with sidekick Double Ree. They are members of the alien nation of Love Kats, from Planet Love. Their leader has given them orders to return to Planet Earth to help free humans from bondage and the tyranny of racist police and to assure the victory of the largest civil rights movement in history. He dreams of an intergalactic future on Planet Love, where his artwork will help him raise funds for a lawyer to advocate for his exoneration.