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Miller Theatre Unveils Lobby Installation by Artist Adama Delphine Fawundu

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
School of the Arts

unveils a new installation commissioned for the Miller Theatre lobby:

Adama Delphine Fawundu:
Tales from the Mano River

On display through June 2020 

Curated by Kalia Brooks Nelson, consulting curator
Part of Columbia University's Year of Water

Days before Miller Theatre opens its 2019-2020 season, the Brooklyn-born artist Adama Delphine Fawundu transforms Miller's lobby with a new installation, Tales from the Mano River, an extension of her research into the African water deity, Mami Wata. Made of composited images of the Mano River in West Africa, the commission is part of Columbia University’s Year of Water and will be displayed throughout the 2019-20 season, from September 2019 –June 2020, greeting thousands of concertgoers as they arrive for performances.

Known for her photographic, video, and mixed media practice, Fawundu incorporates elements of biography, geography, migration, and cosmology as a way of symbolizing the individual and collective experience of the African Diaspora. This piece is made up of composited images of the Mano River, which begins in the Guinea Highlands, and connects Sierra Leone to Liberia before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean—along with traces of masked “beings,” and scans of fabric handmade by Fawundu’s aunt using water from the Mano River.

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Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

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