ISE-DA • ìṣèda
Yoruba to English Translation: creation
ISE-DA is an art advisory and media platform focused on supporting international Black contemporary art. With the principles of Cultivation, Education, and Reimagination, ISE-DA prioritizes cultural stewardship - the practice of taking responsibility for and preserving the value of cultural works. Through this, we aim to increase cultural knowledge and access, community build through art collecting and programming, and ensure the endurance of Black cultural production. Our end goal? A connected community interested, invested in, and informed about art across the Diaspora.
Through our advisory services, ISE-DA aims to cultivate a pioneering generation of collectors invested in the social and financial growth of cultural hubs in Black communities. Our outreach includes targeting communities typically overlooked by the art industry but are eager to build collections and promote cultural stewardship.
Our advisory, events, and annual projects provide resources to learn about art collecting, the art market, and the cultural contexts of visual art works.
A core aspect of ISE-DA is being able to reimagine the art ecosystem and art engagement. This includes experimenting with various exhibition formats, promoting collective exhibitions, and increasing the accessibility of visual culture.
Adefolakunmi (Fola) Adenugba is a Nigerian arts professional who grew up in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. Fola is the founder of ISE-DA and leads business development, strategy, and provides art advisory services for ISE-DA clients. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Art History at Emory University. At Emory, she received the Emory NAACP Presidential Image Award, the Goizueta Business School Campus Leadership Award and a Graduating Woman of Excellence Award. She was also inducted into the Class of 2017 100 Senior Honorary. Fola has previously worked in consulting and interned at art institutions such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She has also worked at the Cheryl Hazan Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, and at krause.co communications in New York. Fola has also served on the Approval Board and as a curator for Art on the Ave, having her co-curated exhibition featured on NBC.
George Kofi Prah is a graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist from Ghana, based in New York city. George leads visual design and art direction for ISE-DA. He is a designer at creative branding agency, Loyal Kaspar and also collaborates with friends on creative projects in his spare time. His design work has been featured in Graphis Magazine New Talent (2017) and the Indigo Design Awards (2018). His personal illustration work explores consciousness and the nuances of human connection, with each other and spirituality. Inspired by surrealism, sci-fi motives, psychology, everyday life and religion, his illustrations depict short vignettes into the worlds and minds of fascinating characters.
Adama Kamara is a storyteller and community builder currently based in New Orleans. Adama leads Content and Program Management for ISE-DA. When she isn’t planning events or thinking up social media grids for ISE-DA, she works full time as a Strategist at DC-based Creative Theory Agency. She completed her BA with a double major in Anthropology and International Studies at Emory University. At Emory, Adama was editor-in-chief of BLACKSTAR*, Emory’s first and only Black student publication, and served as a research and curatorial assistant for The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Race and Difference. She was also inducted into the Class of 2020 100 Senior Honorary, received a Graduating Woman of Excellence Award, and was selected as the 2020 Class Orator.