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Amber Akaunu

Filmmaker, Photographer & IllustratorLiverpool, United Kingdom
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Amber Akaunu

Filmmaker, Photographer & IllustratorLiverpool, United Kingdom
About me
I am a filmmaker, photographer and illustrator from Liverpool, UK. I also co-founded independent magazine ROOT-ed which aims to promote, support and inspire artists of colour from the North West. I also work full-time as a Digital Community Organiser for the Labour Party.
Projects
  • Miss Mona said "Black Lives Matter".A creative response to the current injustices Black people across the globe are facing and have always faced. ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER!
  • AgudasDefinition: 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.
  • Postcards from HomeDigital postcards for people to send to their loved ones during lockdown. Commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery in Liverpool.
  • New Creatives North - BBC Arts x Arts Council EnglandI have been commissioned to direct a short 5 minute film on an idea I pitched which is on the theme of afro hair as well as the sense of community and intimacy it brings upon Black women as well as the idea that the process of doing afro hair is like a sacred ritual that has been performed for thousands of years and is still the same. Afro Hair Rituals can be viewed on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08gj953/new-creatives-afro-hair-rituals
  • Thank YouA commissioned illustration from Collective Encounters.
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Work history
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    Trainee Digital Community OrganiserThe Labour Party
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    I am a trainee digital community organiser at the Labour Party. My role is the perfect mix of community organising and creating digital content for social media in the form of videos, photographs, infographics and more.
    Co-founderROOT-ed Zine
    Liverpool, United KingdomFreelance
    I started a magazine with friend and classmate Fauziya Johnson. We know publish a new issue every quarter and in between we host events, lectures, talks, workshops and more with the likes of Tate, Walker Art Gallery, FACT and ISM.
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Skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro
  • Photographic Direction
  • Photography Editing
  • Photography
  • Video Advertising
  • Video Campaigns
  • Video Editing
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Content Admin
Education
    MA Filmmaking - Screen DocumentaryGoldsmiths, University of London
    London, United Kingdom
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    BA Fine Art- First Class Honours Liverpool Hope University
     - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Awards
    Kirsh ScholarshipBAFTA
    Amber Akaunu is a Nigerian-German artist from Liverpool. She is awarded the Kirsh scholarship of £10,000 towards an MA in Filmmaking (Screen Documentary) at Goldsmiths, University of London.