Adebunmi Gbadebo is a multimedia artist who uses culturally imbued materials to investigate the complexities between land and memory in the American South. Centering on deeply resonant materials like indigo dye, soil hand dug from plantations and human Black hair collected throughout the diaspora, Gbadebo has formed a visual vocabulary entirely her own. Born in New Jersey and based between Newark and Philadelphia, Gbadebo earned her BFA at School of Visual Arts, NY.
Gbadebo’s ceramic works are currently on exhibition in the show, “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will tour nationally, traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in March. She is currently a 2022 Pew Fellow and has been written about in notable publications, including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Hypebeast, Papermaking Magazine and the American Craft Council magazine. Gbadebo has been broadcasted on BBC Newsday and has given talks at the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Newark Museum.
Gbadebo’s works are included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, South Carolina State Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Newark Museum of Art amongst others. Gbadebo has presented in exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally at the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, and 1-54 African Art fair, London.