Photo: Julia Richter

with Mingus at FOTODOKS Munich, July 2023
Photo: Julia Richter

Akosua (pronounced ‘A-koss-ya’) Viktoria Adu-Sanyah (*1990, Bonn) is a German-Ghanaian artist based in Zurich, Switzerland. She engages with the expansive territories of photography, exploring the convergence of materiality and emotion. Through iterative and process-oriented methods, she creates work that examines familial bonds, personal loss, identity, and institutional aspects of both environment and society. In her practice, which is both research-driven and shaped by autobiographical matters, she unites analog techniques with contemporary technologies, crafting intricate narratives that both challenge and liberate traditional concepts of identity and belonging. Her home is the color darkroom, where manual processes meet digital experimentation, offering nuanced perspectives on the tangible and intangible elements of the human experience. In Adu-Sanyah’s work, personal, institutional, analog, and digital realms find interconnected expression, reflecting a continuous exploration and understanding of the multifaceted dynamics that shape our lives.

Published in National Geographic, LUX Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Polka Magazine, Bloomberg, npr, DerBund, swissinfo, Tagesanzeiger, Brytehall, and others. 



German (native), English, French, Spanish

Endurance race horses (training and competition). Internationally qualified CEI* rider with over two decades of experience in diverse equestrian communities globally.

DiversifyPhoto, Women Photograph, BlackWomenPhotographers, near. swiss association for contemporary photography, Swiss Artistic Research Network, visarte, pool collective


2023 Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize runner-up

2023 MAP Artist Residency, Heritage Space Hanoi, VNM October+November

2023 Kunststipendium der Stadt Zürich / City of Zurich Art Grant

2022 Nomination C/O Berlin Talent Award

2022 Freiraumbeitrag / Working Stipend Kanton Zürich

2022  Louis Roederer Art Prize for Sustainability

2022 Artist Residency Photoforum Pasquart

2021 Prix d’Art Robert Schuman

2021 Patron Edition Fotomuseum Winterthur

2021 Nomination Louis Roederer Art Prize

2021 Book Publishing Grant Volkart Stiftung

2021 Nomination Photographic Encounters

2021 Recognition Fire Cracker Grant / highly commended

2021 Book Project Grant Canton Zurich

2021  Story Lab – Filmmaking Grant – Migros Kulturprozent

2020 Prix Photoforum 2020

2015 OPUS-Fotografiepreis

2015 Marta-Hoepffner-Preis für Fotografie – shortlist

2015 22. Bundeswettbewerb – shortlist

2014 Deutschlandstipendium

2013 Peter und Luise Hager-Preis / Award for Interdisciplinary Aesthetics

2012 Peter und Luise Hager-Preis / Award for Interdisciplinary Aesthetics


2023   Vontobel Art Collection
2021   Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken
2015   Saarlandmuseum


2022 Behold The Ocean
Centre Photographie Genéve CH

2022 May I Dream?
Photoforum Pasquart CH 

2020 Hyper Solitude
Space Place Gallery of Modern Art, Nizhny Tagil RU

with Eliane Zinner, visarte kabinett, Zuerich CH

2015 révélée
 k4 galerie, Saarbruecken DE

2015 Tausendmal. Der Versuch.
with Malika Hagemann, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbruecken DE

2014 early birds
with Valerian Polienko, enovos, Saarbruecken DE


2023 Werkschau Kanton Zürich 
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich CH upcoming_opening 27.09.2023

2023 Kunststipendien der Stadt Zürich 2023
Helmhaus, Zürich CH

2023 FOTODOKS – future perfect
Lothringer 13 Halle, München DE 

2023 Beyond Photography
Vontobel, Zurich CH

2023 IDENTITIES – Portraying the Intangible
Kunsthalle Trier, Trier DE

2022 Black Helvetia
TPR, Le Locle CH 

2022 work in progress 2.0
OnCurating, Zurich CH 

2022 Superrare Collection Preview
Superrare Gallery, New York City USA

Knockdown Center, New York City USA

2022 Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability
The White Box at Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London UK

2022   Poem = Work of Art
digital francisco carolinum and TheVerseVerse, AUT

2022 Art Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah Centre, Dubai UAE 

2021 Art Basel Miami Art Week Pop-Up
KatapultX Wynwood Studios, Miami USA

2021 Prix d’Art Robert Schuman
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken DE

2021 Digital Art Fair Asia
Hong Kong

2021 Still We Rise
PHmuseum, London UK

2021 Cyberbaat Genesis
1mA gallery and Foundation, Dakar SEN

2021 STILL
Road Gallery, Miami & L.A. USA

2021 Prix Photoforum
Photoforum Pasquart, Biel CH

2019 Fotonacht
Schwarzenburgstrasse 35, Bern CH

2016 Exposition photographique transfrontalière
Espace d‘Art Adagio, Thionville FR

2015 OPUS Fotografiepreis
Abbaye de Neimenster, Luxembourg LUX

2015 22. Bundeswettbewerb
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn DE

2014 Love in a Cold World
Cusanushaus, Saarbruecken DE

2014 Aus der Reihe – 5. Marta-Hoepffner-Preis
Stadtmuseum Hofheim am Taunus, Hofheim DE

2013 Peter und Luise Hager-Preis fuer interdisziplinäre Ästhetik
HBK Galerie, Saarbruecken DE

2012 Unseen
KuBa Galerie, Saarbruecken DE


NFTs & Web3 for photographers
Centre de la Photographie Genève, Geneva CHE

NFTs & Web3 for creative practitioners: the future is tokenized
CCC Research Master and PhD-Forum, Haute école d'art et de design, Geneva CHE

The Art (of) Revolution: NFTs & Web3 – Technology as cultural disruption
Evening lecture and panel with Uli Sigg and Ryan Zurrer
SQUARE – University of Sankt Gallen CHE

The Raw Review

‘Behold The Ocean – Funding Science with Art on The Blockchain’
and ‘Diversity and Decolonizing Culture in Web3’
nonfungibleconference, Pavilhão Carlos Lopes, Lisbon POR

‘On Looking – The Year of NFT Photography?’
NFT NYC, Marriot Marquis Times Square, New York City USA

Forum Talks