CalArts alum and Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu shows her work at several venues around California this month.
On Monday, May 6, she presents Between Three Worlds: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu, a retrospective at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. The program features her most recent film, Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019), as well as a wide selection of earlier work such as Me Broni Ba (2009), Owusu’s CalArts award-winning thesis film.
From the program:
Ghanaian-American Akosua Adoma Owusu is one of the most distinctive independent filmmakers to have emerged during the past decade. Her work explores collisions and contradictions that result from embodying multiple consciousnesses. For Owusu, feminism, queerness and African identities intersect with African, white American, and black American cultures. Her style ranges broadly, from reenactments of folk tales, media critiques, celebrations of black aesthetics and intimate portraits. Owusu’s work is imbued with a rich sense of form that brings each subject to vivid life.
On Thursday, May 9, Owusu’s solo exhibition Welcome to the Jungle opens at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. The show features a site-specific installation as well as the institutional debut of White Afro (2019) and Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019). For the first time, she will also present the three films that comprise a “hair trilogy” (each focusing on an aspect of hair or hairstyles of African and African American women): White Afro, Split Ends, I feel Wonders and Me Broni Ba. Welcome to the Jungle runs through July 27.
Her California tour concludes with Triple Consciousness, a screening presented by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, on Saturday, May 11, at the SF Cinematheque. The filmmaker appears with Leila Weefur of local curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic to discuss her recent works including Mahogany Too (2018), On Monday of Last Week (2017) and Reluctantly Queer (2016).
Owusu splits her time between Ghana and New York, where she is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her films have been included in a number of prestigious festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. Owusu’s work is in the permanent collects of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
Two Screenings and an Exhibition by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Between Three Worlds: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Monday, May 6, 8:30 pm
631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA
Welcome to the Jungle
May 9-July 27
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
1111 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA
Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Saturday, May 11, 2 pm
55 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA