May 9 –
July 27, 2019
Akosua Adoma Owusu: Welcome to the Jungle

Opening reception: Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30pm

In Welcome to the Jungle, Akosua Adoma Owusu adapts a selection of her films to premiere a new installation together with the institutional debuts of White Afro (2019) and Pelourinho: They Don't Really Care About Us (2019). Owusu presents for the first time together the works that comprise her hair trilogy, which are manifestations of what she describes as her “warring consciousness.” In addition to White Afro, these include Split Ends I Feel Wonderful (2012) and the award-winning Me Broni Ba (2009). The exhibition marks a significant new direction for Owusu, as the filmmaker brings her acclaimed films into the context of an exhibition.

Owusu's work addresses a collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness." She expands W.E.B. Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness to create a third cinematic space or consciousness, representing diverse identities including feminism, queerness, and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and Black American culture. Trafficking in the complex contradictions of blackness, displacement, and memory, her films extrapolate the greater cultural anxieties surrounding her racial legacy.

More information coming soon.

Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984) lives and works in New York City.

Akosua Adoma Owusu: Welcome to the Jungle is curated by Kim Nguyen.
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "Split Ends I Feel Wonderful" [film still] (2012)
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "Split Ends I Feel Wonderful" [film still] (2012)
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "Me Broni Ba" [film still] (2009)
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "Me Broni Ba" [film still] (2009)
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "White Afro" [film still] (2019)
Akosua Adoma Owusu, "White Afro" [film still] (2019)