21 May ‘19

New Flesh Residency Announcement: Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah

Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah has been selected as The New Flesh artist in residence for 2019 (May - Sept). Tanoa will use the residency period to develop a new moving image work that will premiere at this years Festival in September.

Tanoa will have full access to the facilities at Academy Costumes in London alongside mentorship and technical support. The new work developed will be presented at BFMAF 2019 and LUX Moving Image in London.

Tanoa will use the 4 month residency to examine the historical presentation of Blackness in costume through references to the black minstrel and stock characters such as Pierrot the clown. With particular focus on 'the role that all-black theatre companies played in “re-branding” the post-slavery, black human'. Tanoa’s research area will offer a critical assessment of the role of costume within wider society, and how that impacts on the understanding of identity.

Born in 1995 and raised in Plymouth, Devon, Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah works across varied media with themes examining the intersection of her dual identity as a British-Ghanaian, her identity as a young, queer woman and the endeavour to draw these senses of self together as one in 21st century England. Tanoa studied at Goldsmiths College London. Recent group exhibitions include Nashashibi / Skaer - Thinking through other artists, Tate St Ives and Tenderflix 2018 Future Responsibilities, BFI Southbank, London.

Find out more about Tanoa's work here.

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