Vanessa Amoah Opoku is an interdisciplinary artist exploring history, digitality, and marginalized narratives through mixed realities. She uses art, science, and technology to challenge conventional notions of innovation and future visions. Her primary artistic tools include 3D scans, video, sculpture, performance, and sound.

Opoku is part of the artist collective PARA. This collective focuses on interdisciplinary and site-specific installations and performing arts, addressing topics like chronopolitics, future heritage, and speculative feelings. Since 2021, she has served as the art curator for the Balance Club Culture Festival, a platform that examines the political significance of club culture, its role within various communities, and its contributions to technological and cultural progression.

She studied Book Art and Graphic Design, Art and Digital Media, and Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. In September 2021, she obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts under the guidance of Prof. Tina Bara at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

Opoku has been the recipient of a scholarship from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and won the "gute aussichten – junge deutsche fotografie // new german photography 2021/2022" award. Her work has been exhibited at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, die Angewandte Wien, Grassi Museum Leipzig, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Halle 14 Leipzig, (im)Mutable Studio Los Angeles, and in solo exhibitions at Synnika Frankfurt, Times Museum's Huangbian Station Contemporary Art Research Center (HBS) in Guangzhou, China, and EIGEN+ART Lab, Berlin.


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SOLO SHOWS

Sunrise to Sunrise (Tricksters) EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin
REST IN PEACE Simulation Nanfei Bar, hosted by Times Museum's Huangbian Station Contemporary Art Research Center (HBS), Guangzhou
Nichts als Solide Synnika, Frankfurt am Main


GROUP SHOWS

Catalight Kunstverein Ulm
Über das Land/Jahr der Fotografie
Raum für Fotografie & Kärnten Museum, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Beyond AI: Resistance & Coexistence
M.Bassy, Hamburg
where I end and you begin
Galerie KUB, Leipzig
peek-a-boo
Projektraum, bbk Leipzig
Art Auction 11,
WESERHALLE, Berlin
gute aussichten
Kunsthalle Pfaffenhofen

gute aussichten PHOXXI, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

stretching across time and space University of Applied Arts Vienna

minding the gap ARS AVANTI, Leipzig

Nichts als Solide OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg

When The Atmosphere Is Less Than Perfect  MZIN/Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
ZENTRUM Kunstraum IDEAL, Leipzig

Wunderblock BETA DOCK 20 – Kunstraum und Sammlung Hollenstein, Lustenau

gute aussichten Haus der Fotografie, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Landesmuseum Koblenz
2525 SPOILER Berlin
tender intelligences (im)Mutable Studio, Los Angeles
Edizione Multicolore #7 HALLE 14, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
gute aussichten Künstlerhaus Dortmund
Berge Versetzen GRASSI Museum, Leipzig
ARCIPELAGO Église APS, Palermo
DOSIS II Institut für Zukunft, Leipzig
بوخنفالد مسيرة صوتية Buchenwald. Ein Audiowalk. Buchenwald. An Audio Walk. بوخن ولد . یک پیاده روی صوت Buchenwald. Bir Audiowalk. Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials

Instability — Planetary Transformations FIBER Festival, Amsterdam

Cinema Hamlet #1, Five Weeks of Moving Image exploring Transformation HAMLET, Zurich

Cartographies of the Vanishing Now WAAG, Amsterdam


JURY/MENTORING/TEACHING

Guest Lecturer Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Switzerland
Jury A MAZE./Berlin 13th International Games and Playful Media Festival
In the Loop – On Artificial Intelligence and Time
Dreaming Beyond AI, ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Kampnagel

Digitales Labor#2 HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

Reassemble Lab: Weaving With Worlds FIBER, Amsterdam


PUBLICATIONS

Dear Earth
Anthology, 2024
Publisher: HyperWerk
Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM)
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel FHNW
ISBN: 978-3-9525055-5-7

DOCK 20 Wunderblock BETA No. 1 Catalog, 2023
Publisher: DOCK 20, Lustenau
ISBN: 978-3-99153-042-8

Techne-Mythologies. Topophilia, Identity and Virtuality — An attempt of Self-Empowerment through World-Building

Artist Book
2022
Publisher: Edizione Multicolore
ISBN: 978-3-948304-16-4

Metaverses and Borderlands
Article/Feminist Tech Vision
2022
In: Feminist Tech Principles, SUPERRR LAB
www.superrr.net

Körper - Kunst - Sexismus
Podium Discussion
2022
in: POSITION 2022— Forum und Ausstellung; Berufsverband bildender Künstler*innen Hamburg
ISBN: 978-3-930225-12-5
www.bbk-hamburg.de

Nichts Als Solide
(Nothing but Solid)
Catalog
In: gute aussichten - new german photography 2021/2022
ISBN: 978-3-9819355
www.2022.guteaussichten.org

Chapter I - Landscape
Catalog
2021
In: WHEN THE ATMOSPHERE IS LESS THAN PERFECT
Ed.:  Anna Perepechai, Fabio Aranzulla, Felix Pacholleck, Julia Perkuhn, Tess Marschner


TALKS/PANELS/SHOWCASES

Plat(t)form 2024 Fotomuseum Winterthur

Was macht KI mit Kunst? ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS, Hamburg
YUNIK Konferenz für kulturelle Bildung
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Kulturstiftung der Länder
Watch me Work w/Suse Weber you are warmly invited, Leipzig
Rooted Resurgence – Reimagining Collections HGK Basel FHNW, Switzerland
Cultural Institutions in Current Debates Kultur Digital Kongress, PACT Zollverein Essen/Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Dreaming Beyond AI Kampnagel, Hamburg
Body in Digital Space Landesverband Professionelle Freie Darstellende Künste Hessen
Berlin Meets
A MAZE./Berlin 12th International Games and Playful Media Festival
MAPPING MEMORIES - JUDENGASSE EXTENDED Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt/METAhub
MINDING THE GAP Kunstverein ars avanti Leipzig
Imperial Lives. Biographic Approaches as Decolonial Practice. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum/online
Edizione Multicolore MZIN/Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig
Breakdown — (Post)Digitale Communities der Freien Szene Schaubude Berlin/Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin
Digital Lab #3: Prototyping Futures – Digitalität als Kulturpraxis HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst/Kulturstiftung des Bundes
DER KÖRPER IN DER KUNST — FORUM 2022 Kunsthaus Hamburg
PARA: Rückbauwerk Tiefstack Stiftung Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe, Hamburg
Edizione Multicolore #7 HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
REINVENTING GRASSI.SKD GRASSI Museum Leipzig
Nichts als Solide Synnika, Frankfurt
Reassemble Part 1: Weaving With Worlds FIBER, Amsterdam

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