Akosua Adoma Owusu

b. 1984, Alexandria, Virginia


Black Sunshine (2015)

Synopsis: As a young Albino girl faces a demanding mother and rejection from her community, a mythical reality is presented to her, but the path it leads to might be darker than she thinks.

Bus Nut (2014)

Synopsis: From the artist:

‘Bus Nut’ re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against US racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery Alabama and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety. An actress re-stages a vintage video while reciting press conference audio of Rosa Parks on a recreated set in New York City. In 1999, Rosa Parks’ family sued the music duo of OutKast over their song, 'Rosa Parks’, alleging that they misappropriated Parks’ name illustrating particularly tense moments in US American history".

Kwaku Ananse (2013)

Synopsis: The Ghanian fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. At the funeral, she retreats to the woods in search for her father.

Split Ends/I Feel Wonderful (2012)

Synopsis: Manipulating and re-positioning found footage, this experimental short observes the latest fad in hairstyles of the 1970s among African Americans in New York City.

*In the Whitney Museum of American Art collection.

Drexciya (2010)

Synopsis: A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana. 

Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) (2009)

Synopsis:  Me Broni Ba explores the legacy of European colonialism in Africa through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West. 

*In the Whitney Museum of American Art collection.

Intermittent Delight (2007)

Synopsis: Experimental short combining found footage of a 1960s how-to video of refrigerator decoration with images of Black men and women weaving and sewing Batik textiles in Ghana.

*In the Whitney Museum of American Art collection.

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