Installation View : In Plain Sight/Site at Art Space, New Haven, CT.

Surrounded by in Fawundu’s work, there is a feeling of heaviness—no way to get one’s arms around all that history. Some moments are small and mundane, some are world-changing.

An everyday article details a lynching and an advertisement proclaims “The Magnificent Painting of the Massacre on board the Amistad.” Suffragettes march in the streets. Black protesters picket outside a screening of Gone with the Wind. Shirley Chisholm makes a campaign speech.

With a screenprint, Fawundu has placed the Black gaze on all of that history, all the good and the bad, the hard-won victories and the constant indignities. And there’s something empowering in that. There’s an unspoken commentary on each image, a silent judgement passed by the figures. These Black women are in the driver’s seat. The images touch and sometimes obscure the text itself. Fawundu seems to be saying: “I won’t let us be invisible anymore, because we were there.”

In Plain Sight, Artspace Lays History Bare by Leah Andelsman, Dec. 4, 2018,
Arts Council Greater New Haven
Art Space, New Haven, CT