Behold the Ocean
Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah

23.11.2022 — 22.01.2023

The Centre de la photographie Genève presents the first solo exhibition in Switzerland of Akosua Viktoria AduSanyah, a German-Ghanaian artist and photographer based in Switzerland. The exhibition will centre on Behold The Ocean, a visual storytelling project documenting climate research in Patagonia. This complex project tackles artistic, but also scientific, technical and financial issues. It addresses questions of visual representation, as much as other concerns elated to scientific research, its funding, and its dissemination.

For several months now, Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah has been working on the conception and implementation the first case study of deinstitutionalised and decentralised funding of scientific research through art on the blockchain. She uses the first photographic and video images from Behold The Ocean as raw material to create NFTs which are then put on the market with the aim of financing a new oceanographic expedition to Cape Horn in April 2022, with the local Chilean scientific team that she had previously followed in January 2021. The expedition will be accompanied artistically and communicated on blockchain, in addition to the exhibition, aiming to bring us closer to the beauty and vulnerability of our environment, and to those who dedicate their lives to understanding it.

With Behold The Ocean, the artist intends to contribute directly to climate research. Data collected during this expedition will then be published in open access for independent researchers, artists and society to access and use without restriction. Behold The Ocean also highlights issues within scientific research such as inequalities, vulnerability, centralisation and barriers to data access, while experimenting with new forms of solutions. The exhibition will retrace these multiple challenges and the different stages of the project in a site-specific installation designed for the spaces of the Center de la photographie Genève.

Initiated at the end of 2020, Behold The Ocean was awarded the first research residency grant of the Photoforum Pasquart at the beginning of 2022. The exhibition at the Centre de la photographie Genève will be its first exhaustive institutional presentation.


Artist file

Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah * 1990 in Germany, lives in Zürich, Switzerland

Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah (*1990) is an internationally exhibited and published German-Ghanaian visual artist and documentary photographer based in Zürich, Switzerland. Her work is frequently awarded for exploring new territories through image-making, research, and human connection. She believes in the diversity of thought and expression, which results in various practices that inform each other: she equally engages in documentary work and conceptual arts, emphasizing the materiality of ph [...]

Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah (*1990) is an internationally exhibited and published German-Ghanaian visual artist and documentary photographer based in Zürich, Switzerland. Her work is frequently awarded for exploring new territories through image-making, research, and human connection. She believes in the diversity of thought and expression, which results in various practices that inform each other: she equally engages in documentary work and conceptual arts, emphasizing the materiality of photography to reflect on culture and politics. In 2015 she received a diploma in visual arts at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Saar, Germany. In early 2022, she artist in residence at the Photoforum Pasquart, in Biel.

Related content