ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offering

Featuring: Adrienne Waheed, Berette Macaulay, Deborah Willis,​ Gulshan Khan, Idris Hassan, Intisar Abioto, Jessica Martinez, Johnette Iris Stubbs, Kameelah Janan​ Rasheed,​ Kay Hickman, Kayla Reefer,​ Lauren Crew, Marilyn Nance, Melissa Bunni Elian, Nicky Woo, Sokari Ekine, Stephanie Mei-Ling, Traci Bartlow, Valda Nogueira

Presented By

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Curated By

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn &  Adama Delphine Fawundu

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MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora presents ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offering. The visual association of altars are often akin to spiritual pedestals, sites where rituals are enacted…places of sacrificial endowment.

Altars are often erected to pay homage to an ancestor or to honor God or a saint. This exhibition takes the altar out of its religious context and interrogates photography as a practice containing the same attributes as altars.

The images presented in this exhibition examines several religious traditions that have originated in and/or practiced on the African continent and throughout the world. ALTAR also centers love and meditation as a spiritual practice.

In this exhibition we regard the final product, the photograph, as the altar. The context, process, and content of the photographs fulfill the attributes, ritual, sacrifice and offerings.

Make sure to also check out MFON Presents: Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings Talk at Photoville LA.


MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is an independently published anthology edited by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu. MFON features photographic works created by 118 African and Diasporic women artists representing 27 nations. It will soon be relaunched as an online platform. Our goal is to promote an international representative voice of women photographers from continental Africa and its diaspora.

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