'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
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".
'Tears' consists of a video that Amber created based on the lyric "I wonder if I died would tears come to her eyes" by Biggie Smalls from his song 'Suicidal Thoughts'. The video is apart of a body of work titled '39' which consists of 39 short moving image pieces each inspired by a hip hop lyric.
Picture Perfect is based on the J.Cole lyric "we ain't picture perfect but we worth the picture still" and explores the Eurocentric beauty standards placed on young Black women in todays society. The short film is part of a body of 39 short moving images pieces from the project 39 by Amber Akaunu that transforms hip hop lyrics to visual pieces of art.