After graduating with a degree in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, Hakeem Adewumi (b.1990, US) (he/him) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship scholarship to Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has been exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, TX; the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center, Austin, TX; the Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, TX; and is in the collection of the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection, Chapman University. Over the years Adewumi has pursued thoughtful creative endeavors including the ongoing experimental project, Juneteenth House. This multidisciplinary project merges design and art to create vivid and obscure bodies of work about Black life in Texas.



Adewumi has honed his craft in visual storytelling, obsessively ruminating on creative encounters and their potential to expand us. Rather than simply articulating a kind of reality, Adewumi crafts illusions to conjure our imagination, utilizing mediums such as photography, visual art, creative direction, and design.

His photographs hang in the peripheral of our subconscious. These works focus on abstract investigations poised to deepen our connection to unfamiliar truths. 



  • Bastard of the Diaspora, 2022
  • There Are Lifetimes Here: In the Body, 2019
  • BIAS/CUT, 2017


  • Otis & Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant, 2024.
  • CADD x Maddrey PLLC Art Prize, 2020.
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2017.


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