'Shorts Films And Influences w/ Akosua Adoma Owusu' This Sunday, 12/16 (NYC)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 13, 2012 7:59 PM
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Still Image From ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY), 2009

We're fans of her work, and look forward to eventually watching her latest - the  Focus Features Africa First short project, Kwaku Ananse.

In the meantime, if you're in New York City, here's an event taking place this weekend that you might be interested in attending.

In the short films she has made since 2005, Owusu, who was born in the U.S. to parents from Ghana, has explored the oppositions and syntheses produced by this triple consciousness, using an array of formal strategies to locate intersections and divergences between the African, the African American, and the White American. Whether working with original footage recorded in the United States and Ghana or from archival material, Owusu has paid particular attention to each of these cultures’ racialized symbols of femininity. She has documented the proliferation of white baby dolls in Ghana, riffed on the advertising of domestic appliances in the United States, and has made multiple investigations into the charged semiotics of women’s hairstyles in both continents. Uncovering the histories embedded within everyday objects, and tracing the threads that bind the local to the global and the personal to the political, Owusu’s impressionistic films achieve a casual complexity to mirror all the complications of lived experience.

And she will be presenting 4 of her short film, as well as two films that have influenced her as a filmmaker. And after the screenings, film journalist Colin Beckett will be in attendance to moderate a discussion with Akosua in an event that was organized with Amélie Garin-Davet and is presented with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and Women Make Movies.

The event will take place this Sunday, December 16, starting at 7:30pm, at UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn.

To see the entire lineup of films Akosua will present, as well as for ticket info, click HERE.  

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