Delphine Fawundu is interested in exploring identities through cultural expression. A hip-hop head at heart she has been documenting this culture since 1993 through photography, video and words. She launched her career documenting hip-hop culture for The Source and Vibe Magazine.
In 2010, Delphine was commissioned to produce a mini documentary and solo photography exhibition titled, “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home: A Community Faces Gentrification,” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She was also commissioned to produce a media campaign and solo traveling exhibition for the Women's Institute of the GMHC titled: “Touched: Black and Latina Women Living with HIV.”
Mrs. Fawundu's documentary-styled photography has been featured in the following books: Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G by Cheo Hodari Coker (Vibe Books, 2004), Black: A Celebration of Culture by Deborah Willis (Hylas Publishing, 2004), Enduring Visions: Women’s Artistic Heritage Around the World by Abby Remer (Davis Publications, 2001) and Refections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840-Present by Deborah Willis (Norton, 2000).
Mrs. Fawundu’s work are in collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Danny Simmons/Corridor Gallery, The Brooklyn Historical Society, Catherine Edelman Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Delphine is currently working on a multi-media project surveying African youth music and urban culture. She embarked on this journey particularly interested in hip-hop as a use for social change, the lyrical dynamics, style, and the various approaches to it's musical production.
Delphine has traveled to Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Spain, Egypt, Jamaica, The Netherlands, England, France, Germany, Denmark, and Cuba creating personal projects. Delphine has received numerous fellowships and grants from foundations such as the Open Society Institute, The Puffin Foundation, Fund for Teachers, National Association for Black Journalist, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.