Delphine Diallo, ‘Ato1’, 2016, Red Hook Labs

Fyfya Woto meaning New Birth, New Discovery is an ongoing theme for multimedia artist Jojo Abot's work.
Inspired by the fictional narrative of a young Anlo (Ghanaian) woman, Fyfya Woto is caught in a compromising situation with her Caucasian lover in a time of slavery and divide, she is brought before a tribunal at which she must save not only herself, but also her lover. The EP delves into matters related to family, tradition, betrayal, duty, love, freedom, slavery and personal identity but most importantly it highlights a woman's right and resolve to choose even at the high cost of losing both life and freedom.

In these visual series in collaboration with esteemed photographer, Delphine Diallo, Jojo Abot explores the many faces of a woman torn yet reborn stronger each time. Transforming form yet maintaining a familiar essence. Believing that energy must first exist to be discovered or transformed, these visual series seeks to explore the innate expressions of a character not limited to time, specific culture, origin or nature. Flirting with the idea that injustice, prejudice, love, loss and pain exist across the universe in varying forms and are elements that plague us all. In the same way humanity and the basics of humanity are common to all across the globe with cultural and traditional symbols repeating themselves in parallel patterns. Patterns that dare us to wonder if at the root we are all the same...

"Be open to facing the dark aspects of self. Immerse yourself deeply in your fears and hesitations. Get to know them at the root. Face your discomfort and cuddle it in deep embrace. Bond and Overcome. Make it all familiar so you no longer fear the unknown but instead you fight, daily and with vigor for the things in which you come to believe and love." - Jojo Abot

About Delphine Diallo

Parisian-born Delphine Diallo transcends traditional portraiture through interpretations of her world as diverse in media as they are in inspiration. During a pilgrimage to Africa to discover her heritage, Diallo produced a series of portraits inspired by African photographer Malick Sidibé’s black-and-white images from the 1960s. Like Sidibé, who decorated his portraits’ frames with paint, Diallo enhanced her images with drawings, collage, and patterns derived from surrounding plants and textiles and aided by her background in design. Based on a mutual appreciation for this type of mixed media, Diallo formed a friendship with photographer Peter Beard that inspired such collaborations as their Pirelli calendar photo shoot in Botswana and her series on African heroic figures. Diallo continues to draw inspiration from exploring new environments, most recently a journey to Montana to interact with Native Americans.

French-Senegalese, b. 1977