Curator: Awam Amkpa
Awam Amkpa is a dramatist, documentary filmmaker, scholar of theatre and film and a curator of art and cultural practices. He is Associate Professor of Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis in NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the annual Real Life Pan- African Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Ghana, a festival dedicated to African and African Diasporic filmmaking and a curator of the photographic exhibition ‘Africa: See You, See Me’ and co-curator of photo exhibition ‘They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe’. Awam Amkpa curated annual Highlife Music festivals in Accra, Ghana as well as an online exhibition on Kofi Ghanaba. He is the curator of the exhibition ‘ReSignifications’. His documentary films include ‘Winds Against Ours Souls’, ‘It’s All About Downtown’, ‘The Other Day We Went to the Movies’, ‘A Very Very Short Story of Nollywood’, ‘Accra Re-Inventions’ and feature film ‘Wazobia!’. Professor Amkpa has written plays such as ‘Ajasco’ and ‘Not In My Season of Songs’, directed and toured several plays in Africa, Europe and North America and is also the author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires and several articles on the African and Black Diasporic and postcolonial theatre, film, art and photography. Mentored by Wole Soyinka, Awam Amkpa has a PhD in Drama from Bristol University, UK.
Assistant Curator: Nayo Sasaski-Picou
Nayo Sasaski-Picou is a second year MA student in the Africana studies program at New York University. She graduated from York University with an interdisciplinary degree in African Studies and Anthropology. After returning from conducting Anthropological research in Greece, she became interested in interrogating questions of migration, identity and artistic production among diasporic populations, particularly focusing on movement from West Africa into Europe. Her research interests include the intersections of migration, cultural identity, state regulation and artistic production. Having a passion for uniting community and arts, she co-founded a steel-band orchestra and African Studies Association at York University where she used arts as a medium to inform her academic and community work throughout her undergraduate years. As a published student writer, she will continue to use themes of African diasporic identity, state intervention, migration, and cultural production to influence her writing and final thesis project.
Assistant Curator: Layo Olayiwola
Layo Olayiwola is studying a Masters in History of Art at the University of Oxford, with a specialization in contemporary art from the African diaspora. She graduated from New York University with a BA in History of Art and a minor in Africana Studies. Layo previously worked with Awam Amkpa on the Resignifications show, held in Florence (Italy) in 2015.