An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusuin dialogue with
Prof. Terri Francis, Indiana University
Akosua Adoma Owusu is an American experimental filmmaker of Ghanaian descent who earned her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. Owusu is listed in HuffPost’s Top 30 Black Contemporary Artists under 40 to Know and her work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Art. In 2013, Owusu’s fiction film Kwaku Ananse won Best Short Film at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and it was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Short at the Berlinale 2013.
Owusu will screen several of her works, followed by discussion with Terri Francis, associate professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. Francis is the editor of a close-up on Afrosurrealism, which appeared in the November 2013 issue of Black Camera and her book Josephine Baker’s Race Burlesque: Blackness, Power, and Visual Pleasure is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.
PROGRAM (films followed by Q&A)
Intermittent Delight, 2007, Film/Video, 5 min, color.
This carefully constructed work explores the intersection of identity and cultural appropriation.
Me Broni Ba (My White Baby), 2009, Film/Video, 22min, b/w.
Me Broni Ba is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana. Winner of the Best Documentary Short Film Prize at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2009 and listed in Ed Halter’s “Top Ten” for Art Forum in 2010.
Drexciya, 2010, Video, 12 min, color.
A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana.
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful, 2012, Film, 4 min, color.
Manipulating and re-positioning found footage as subject matter, “Split Ends, I feel wonderful” observes the latest fad in hairstyles of the 1970s among African Americans in NYC.
Kwaku Ananse, 2013, Film, 26 min, color
The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral.
Presented with University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.
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