During the exhibition AFTERLIVES, Nnenna Onuoha shows five of her recent video works. Each of them will be presented in an individual display, one after another. Centering Afrodiasporic voices in processes such as collective re-membering, archiving of Black experience and (self-)care, Onuoha approaches histories of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. By carefully and repeatedly applying these methods, the artist generates histories of the past that can be shared collectively and thus may work as a means to repair.
Nnenna Onuoha is a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher and artist based in Berlin. Her research explores monumental silences surrounding the histories and afterlives of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. At its core, her work asks: How do we remember, which pasts do we choose to perform, and why? Centering Afrodiasporic voices, her practice revolves around processes of collective re-membering: putting the past together limb by limb. A second strand of her work focuses on archiving Black experience in the present to understand how, amidst all of this, we practice care and repair for each other. Nnenna’s work has shown at alpha nova & galerie futura, the Brücke-museum, and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. She is currently a doctoral researcher in Media Anthropology at Harvard University, and Global History at the University of Potsdam.