ROCKPORT — In a lecture entitled “Tales and Textiles” on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m., photographer and multimedia artist Delphine Fawundu will share her latest works exploring connections between Africa and the diaspora as she discusses the process of decolonizing her mind while making art. Registration is required at mainemedia.edu/lectures.

Fawundu’s multimedia photographic work utilizes printmaking, video, sound and assemblage. By incorporating elements of biography, philosophy and mythology into her art, Fawundu’s work reflects on individual and collective experience in relation to the history and reality of the African Diaspora.

Fawundu will be joined by lecture host Charles Daniel Dawson, a professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. Dawson is a photographer, curator, arts administrator, consultant, filmmaker and scholar based in New York City.

“Delphine Fawundu’s artistry represents the insights of an international decolonized vision,” said Dawson. “On one level it represents her hip-hop experiences growing up in the great Afro-Caribbean country of Brooklyn; on another level, as a child of immigrants, it represents her even deeper grounding in the ancient African cultures of her mother and father, cultures which she continually draws upon and reinterprets for her contemporary imagery.”

“We’re so thrilled to welcome Delphine and introduce her work to the Maine Media community,” said Michael Mansfield, Maine Media’s president and CEO. “Delphine’s practice as an artist–these stunning pieces–are truly eye opening. I couldn’t be more excited to witness this discussion between two remarkable people.”

This talk is part of the Alumni Lecture Series–a weekly online series offered by Maine Media Workshops + College featuring stimulating conversations on topics in photography, filmmaking, book arts and design, and writing.

The Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public through the generous sponsorship of Camden National Bank, WERU Community Radio FM89.9, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Allen Insurance and Financial, Two Ponds Press, Page Gallery, B&H Photo and Video, and Cedar Crest Inn as well as through donations from individuals.

Photograph by Delphine Fawundu entitled “Passageways #2, Secrets, Traditions, Spoken and Unspoken Truths or Not.”