Definition: Aguda is the name given to the descendents of freed Afro-Brazilian slaves who left Brazil and settled in/returned to Nigeria. Regions with significant Aguda populations include Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Calabar and Port Harcourt. The Agudas in Lagos built and designed the Brazilian Quarters which still stands today (although it risks being demolished and is not in good condition). The buildings resemble the baroque style that was popular in Brazil in the 19th century. This film was commissioned by 20 Stories High and is part of a collective of work commissioned from Black local creatives under the name "Black with a Capital B".
'Give Take Learn Elaborate' is a video essay by Amber Akaunu that was created over several weeks while in attendance of Cassandra Press's Ontology vs The Ontics workshop which was taught by artist Rhea Dillon. The piece screened online at Now Instant LA which can be viewed here alongside the work of the other workshop participants: https://now-instant.la/screen
5 Elements (2020/21)
The 5 elements is a short film directed by Amber Akaunu and ElJosef, that explores a pre-colonial time, when our ancestors lived in harmony with the elements. The 8 minute film reflects and explores the connection that descendants of Africa will always have to Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Energetically, this translates to action, emotionality, grounding and intuitiveness. The film is is narrated by El’s words and was filmed by Akaunu in various locations across North West England and Wales in August 2020.
'Tears' is part of Amber Akaunu's body of work '39' that visualises hip-hop lyrics into video art pieces. 'Tears' references the lyric "I wonder if I died would tears come to her eyes" by Biggie Smalls from his song 'Suicidal Thoughts'. '39' was exhibited at OUTPUT Gallery in 2019 in Amber Akaunu's debut solo show.