Akosua Adoma Owusu

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BIOGRAPHY

Born 1984, Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker whose films address a collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in America has a triple consciousness. Named by IndieWire as one of the 6 pre-eminent Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she has exhibited worldwide, including at the Centre Pompidou, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, New Directors/New Films (NY), and London (BFI). She was a featured artist of the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned film curator and critic Dennis Lim. She is a recipient of the 2020 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. Her film Kwaku Ananse won the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award. Her latest film White Afro won the Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Prize at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Fowler Museum at UCLA. She has received fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Westridge Foundation, Creative Capital, the MacDowell Colony, the Camargo Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia and most recently from the Residency Program at the Villa Sträuli in Winterthur. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Films by Owusu are produced under her production company Obibini Pictures and are now available for streaming on the Criterion Channel.