Araba Ankuma is a montage artist whose multi-disciplinary work ties together visual narrative and experiential design.


As a Ghanaian-American artist working internationally, Araba’s work centers the importance of perception and the need to shift it in order to illuminate the invisible narratives that bind us as human beings.

In January 2017, Araba established ASA Productions, LLC., dedicated to the promotion and production of visual content by creators of color.  Inspired by her experiences in dance and video production, Araba recognized her desire to build a lasting global creative community with intention focused on sustainability. In 2018, Ankuma began the Feed Yourself Initiative (FYI) as a means to reimagine the ways in which we define and exchange value.


portrait by Emily Lipson


For all inquiries related to commissions, collaborations, and/or experience design:

info@arabaankuma.com




EXHIBITIONS
WET. LIMBO ACCRA, Accra, Ghana 2022
The New Black Vanguard, Les Recontres De La Photographie, Église Sainte-Anne, Arles, France 2021
JUST ENOUGH, Peach Studio NYC, Queens New York, USA 2021
“c.f. film studios presents: introduction” Space Place Gallery, Nizhny Tagil, Russia 2018
Patricia & Howard Silverstein 2017 Havana Studio Abroad, Charles Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, USA 2017
Visual Studies Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, US, 2017
Chi Boys, YO:U, Chicago, USA, 2017
HUMAN: Projections of Intersectionality, Philomathean Society, Philadelphia, USA, 2016

TALKS + LECTURES
“Get Bodied: Recapturing the Body Image”, "Rise and Run" TEDxPenn Conference, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, USA, 2017
"Invisible. Invincible”, TEDxPenn Launch Event, Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia, USA, 2016

PUBLICATIONS + PUBLISHED WORKS
Whetstone Magazine, “THESE HANDS” photography essay. COVER STORY. Volume 09: Origin Foraging, April 2022. Print.
send nudes®: The FIRST 100. May 2021. Print.
send nudes®: VOLUME V. October 2020. Print
Reframing the Future photographic print sale, fundraising initiative, 2020.
Off Kilter Magazine, “Barry Farms” photo essay, Issue 004: A New Era, December 2019
send nudes: VOLUME IV November, 2017. Print
send nudes: VOLUME I May, 2017. Print


AWARDS
The Patricia & Howard Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad Grant, 2017
The Marian Anderson Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, 2017
Seltzer Family Digital Media Grant, 2016




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