Join us for an evening with the 2019 Workspace Residents as they each discuss the work that they produced during their residency, and the projects they’ve been working on since finishing the program in 2019.
Hear from Adama Delphine Fawundu, Jihyun Hong, Kathleen Ma, Laura Nova, & Kevin Umana.
Adama Delphine Fawundu is 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.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1985, Jihyun Hong presently lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA from School of Visual Arts and an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works have appeared in various solo and group exhibitions including “$1.99 cat, green Wendy” at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, “Apparitions” at FJORD in Philadelphia and “Beyond Boundaries” at Korean Cultural Center of New York, and she has been published by Hyperallergic and ARTFCITY. Jihyun has been an artist-inresidence at Yaddo and The Wassaic Project and gained a fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and at The Center for Book Arts (NYC).
Kathleen Ma (b. 1996) is a Queens-based artist and writer. She works in a wide range of media, including photography, video, graphic design, writing, collage, and zines.
Laura Nova generates site-specific action-oriented projects which invite participatory energies of neighbors and strangers alike, particularly within the urban landscapes of older adult and migrant communities. Recent commissions have included multi-year social engagement projects such as “Silver Sirens,” an older adult cheerleading squad championing healthcare, gender equity, and anti-ageism; “Moving Stories,” a senior citizen-led, storytelling-walking tour which revealed personal and geographic narratives, while exercising and expanding communal connection; and “The Crescendo Project” which used RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a New York Road Runner race. In tandem with Dances For A Variable Population, Nova transformed residents and dancers alike into a moving company for the “LES Citizens Parade.” Nova has shown her work at national and international venues, including the New Museum’s IdeasCity Festival, the River To River Festival, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. Laura Nova is an Associate Professor of Creative Arts and Technology at Bloomfield College and the NYC Cultural Affairs Public Artist in Residence with the Department for the Aging.
Kevin Umaña (born 1989 in Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Umaña received a B.F.A. from San Francisco State University with a degree in Printmaking. He is a 2018/19 Center For Book Arts artist in residence awardee has exhibited nationally and internationally with Joshua Liner Gallery,NY, 80WSE Gallery, NY, SIM Gallery,Reykjavik, Koppel Project Hive,London, In Live, Taipei City, Bass & Reiner, SF and in 2018 completed a residency through the Sím Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland and Plop Residency in London, England. He’s collaborated with Condé Nast, Wired Magazine, London College of Music and Slowdown Studio and in 2017 created a permanent installation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City
Header Image courtesy of Jihyun Hong