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Akosua Adoma Owusu

Moving Image, 2012



Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005.

Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

Named by Indiewire as one of the 6 Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, and one of The Huffington Post‘s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know,  Akosua Adoma Owusu is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Founded in 2007, her company, Obibini Pictures, LLC has produced award-winning films including Reluctantly Queer and Kwaku Ananse, which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film.  Reluctantly Queer was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.

In 2010, Owusu was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Artforum listed Me Broni Ba as one of 2010’s top ten films. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fowler Museum, Yale University Film Study Center, and Indiana University Bloomington, home of the Black Film Center/Archive. She’s received support from Creative Capital, Tribeca All Access, IFP, Focus Features Africa First, the Art Matters Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund.

Owusu holds MFA degrees in Film & Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA in Media Studies and Studio Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.

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Awards and Accomplishments

2015:

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship

2015:

Owusu's film, Intermittent Delight is included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's inaugural exhibition America Is Hard to See.

2015:

Kwaku Ananse participates in Do/Tell exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Art

2015:

Owusu's film, "My White Baby" included in The Art of Hair in Africa exhibtion at the UCLA Fowler Museum

2015:

Owusu's film "Bus Nut" selected in Golden Gate Awards competition at San Francisco International Film Festival

2015:

Owusu's installation "Revealing Roots" is included in LA Freewaves Archive Launch Party at LA Weekly’s Artopia

2014:

 Four of Owusu's films have been selected to be included in the Whitney's permanent collection

2014:

Owusu has retrospective at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington D.C.

2014:

Owusu has a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives in New York

2014:

Owusu's work Intermittent Delight is included in Avant-Noir Artists' Film Biennale at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London

2014:

Owusu's film, Kwaku Ananse, is invited to screen at Festival del film Locarno Open Doors

2014:

Owusu's film, Intermittent Delight is included in Flahertiana Film Festival in Russia

2014:

Owusu's Kwaku Ananse is included in Prospect 3 New Orleans Biennial

2014:

Owusu's film, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful participates in Selections From the Bearden Project at The University Galleries at Texas State University

2013:

Owusu will have the world premiere of her film Kwaku Ananse in competition for the Golden Bear prize at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival

2013:

Owusu's feature and Creative Capital project, Black Sunshine, is being nominated for the first ever Tribeca Film Institute Heineken Affinity Award for African American filmmakers.

2013:

CinemAfrica Film Festival in Stockholm, Sweden screens a retrospective of Owusu's short films

2013:

The Huffington Post lists Akosua Adoma Owusu as one of 30 Contemporary Artists under 40

2013:

Owusu's film Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful receives the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

2013:

Akosua Adoma Owusu wins Africa Movie Academy Award for her short film, Kwaku Ananse

2013:

Owusu's short film Kwaku Ananse participates in Cannes Short Film Corner.

2013:

Owusu's Kwaku Ananse is invited by French Cesar Film Academy to participate in UNESCO's Golden Nights Panorama program of Best Short Films of the Year in Paris

2013:

Owusu's short film, Kwaku Ananse, is selected in Durban International Film Festival

2013:

Owusu selected in MacDowell Artists Colony Fellowship for screenwriting

2013:

Owusu's Kwaku Ananse participates in competition for Best Short Film at Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico

2013:

Owusu's film Kwaku Ananse has its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

2013:

Owusu's film, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful partipates in Black Radical Imagination Showcase at Art Basel

2013:

Owusu’s film Kwaku Ananse has its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

2013:

Owusu's works on Triple Consciousness are reviewed in Hampton University's International Review of American American Art

2013:

Owusu's short film, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful screens in the Parallel Film Collective in Washington DC

2013:

Owusu presents Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful at REDCAT in Los Angeles, CA

2013:

Owusu's short film, Kwaku Ananse, participates in the competition at Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal

2013:

Owusu's film, Kwaku Ananse makes its UK debut at the BFI London Film Festival

2013:

Kwaku Ananse is nominated for a Muhr AsiAfrica Award at the Dubai International Film Festival

2013:

Owusu receives the Director's Citation Award at the Black Maria Film & Video Festival

2012:

Owusu wins Focus Features Africa First commission, which supports emerging African filmmakers making short films

2012:

Owusu's film, Drexciya, is included in the Toronto International Film Festival's African Shorts program

2012:

Owusu's short film, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful, premieres in The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem

2012:

Owusu's film, Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful, is included in the International Competition of the 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

2012:

Owusu receives 2012 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant for her short film, Kwaku Ananse

2012:

Owusu's work, Drexciya, screens in the Rencontres Internationales program at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin

2012:

Owusu is included in The Studio Museum in Harlem's group exhibtion, Fore.

2012:

Union Docs presents a retrospective of short films and Influences with Akosua Adoma Owusu

2012:

Owusu is awarded a travel grant for her film Kwaku Ananse from Art Matters