Research and Curatorial Interests
Nana’s work primarily centres around four themes:
Cultural Shifts and how they articulate themselves through the intersections of Art, Politics and Popular Culture,
Artistic productions from the Black Diasporas
curatorial practice as a research tool to shape art historical discourses
Critical Pedagogy in relationship to Decolonial Aesthetics.
She has articulated these interests through her academic work, the development of performative Lectures&Workshops as well as curatorial projects.
Nana Adusei-Poku (PhD) is Associate Professor and Luma Foundation Scholar at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art at Bard College. She was previously Visiting Professor in Art History of the African Diaspora at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. She held the position Research Professor for Cultural Diversity from 2013-2014 and then for Visual Cultures 2015-2017 at the Hogeschool Rotterdam with affiliation to the Piet Zwart Institute and the Willem de Kooning Academy and was Guest Lecturer in Media Arts and Master Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich from 2012-2018.She received her PhD from Humboldt University Berlin for her thesis on post-black art as part of the Graduate program called “Gender as a category of Knowledge”, following degrees in African studies and gender studies at Humboldt University, and in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon; the London School of Economics; and Columbia University, New York.
Nana is immersed in the void, the abyss and sunken places and how those articulate themselves in texts, bodies, images and relations. The question "What are the conditions of our existence", which Stuart Hall asked, remain core to her journey and inspire her to embody and develop a decolonial pedagogical approach and to explore the performativity of nothingness and life"in the hold". Since 2015 she is co-founder of N+.
She is currently working on an exhibition called Black Melancholia at the CCS Galleries and curated a.o. the event Performances of No-thingness at the Academy of Arts Berlin in 2018 and the program: Longing on a Large Scale in conjunction with Todd Gray's Exhibition Eucledian Gris Gris at Pomona College Museum of Art 2019-2020.
Her first Monograph Taking Stakes in the Unknown: Tracing Post-Black Art contextualizes the term “post-Black” in its socio-historic and cultural contexts. It examines the legacy of Thelma Golden’s 2001 exhibition, “Freestyle,” and the works of participating artists who were defined as part of the “post-black” generation: Mark Bradford, Leslie Hewitt, Mickalene Thomas, and Hank Willis Thomas whilst expanding the discourse through the Black German artist Philip Metz.
Her articles have been published in Nka- Journal of Contemporary African Art, eflux, Kunstforum International, Flashart!, L’Internationale, multidudes, Darkmatter, Afterall and Yale Theater Magazine a.o.and translated in English, German, Portuguese, French and Swedish.