From Ghana, Akosua Adoma Owusu received an MFA from CalArts in 2008. One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists, Owusu is informed by personal diaspora, history, and cultural representation.
She has exhibited worldwide including at MoMA, Rotterdam, Viennale, San Francisco, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, The Smithsonian Institute, and London Film Festival. She has directed award-winning short films, including Kwaku Ananse, Drexciya and her thesis film, Me Broni Ba (My White Baby). My White Baby has screened at over 80 international film festivals and picked up an educational distribution deal from The Cinema Guild. Her first fiction short, Kwaku Ananse is being nominated for the Golden Bear Prize at the Berlinale in 2013.
Owusu has served on the jury and screening committees for Festival 3 Continents and AFI Silverdocs. She was a featured artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2010. A former adjunct professor in film in Virginia, Owusu`s professional experience include a Production internship at HBO Films where she received an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences grant to provide post production assistance on Chris Rock’s documentary, Good Hair.
Owusu participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Durban Talent Campus, and the Produire au Sud Workshop. She is developing her first feature, Black Sunshine about a promiscuous Ghanaian hairdresser and her young albino daughter. The project was selected in Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors in 2012 and received support by the Creative Capital Foundation that same year. Black Sunshine is currently being nominated for the first ever Tribeca Film Institute Heineken Affinity Award. She is also a recipient of the Art Matters Grant and the Africa First award sponsored by Focus Features.