Aberration, transmutation, photographic flux.

My 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 my work, personal, institutional, analog, and digital realms find interconnected expression, reflecting a continuous exploration and understanding of the multifaceted dynamics that shape our lives. I engage with the expansive territories of photography, exploring the convergence of materiality and emotion. Through iterative and process-oriented methods, I create work that examines familial bonds, personal loss, identity, and institutional aspects of both environment and society. In tandem with my artistic work, I also produce photo reportages, a facet of my practice that keeps me connected to real-world narratives and ensures my work stays grounded in the fabric of contemporary realities.

– with Mingus at FOTODOKS festival Munich, summer 2023, photo Julia R.


Akosua [a-koss-ya] Viktoria Adu-Sanyah is a German-Ghanaian artist based in Zürich, Switzerland. 
Her work has been published in National Geographic, LUX Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Polka Magazine, Bloomberg, npr, DerBund, swissinfo, Tagesanzeiger, Brytehall, and others. 

2023 Book Publishing Grant City of Zurich
2023 Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich / Canton of Zurich Art Grant
2023 Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize runner-up
2023 Nomination EXPOSED Torino Grant for Contemporary Photography
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
2021 Prix d’Art Robert Schuman
2021 Book Publishing Grant Volkart Stiftung
2021 Nomination Photographic Encounters
2021 Recognition Fire Cracker Grant
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 Nomination 22. Bundeswettbewerb
2014 Deutschlandstipendium
2013 Peter und Luise Hager-Preis / Award for Interdisciplinary Aesthetics
2012 Peter und Luise Hager-Preis / Award for Interdisciplinary Aesthetics

2023 Stadt Zürich
2023 Art Vontobel
2022 RawDAO
2021 Fotomuseum Winterthur (Patron Edition)
2021 Stadt Saarbrücken

2015 Saarlandmuseum

2023 MAP Artist Residency, Heritage Space Hanoi, VNM
2022 Artist Residency Photoforum Pasquart

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
2019     FRISCH, with Eliane Zinner, visarte kabinett, Zürich 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

2024        weg, Helmhaus, Zürich CH upcoming
2023        Alternative Mobility, Gia Lam Train Factory, Hanoi VN upcoming
2023        Art Vontobel – New Acquisitions, Vontobel, Zürich CH
2023        Werkschau Kanton Zürich, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich CH
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
2022         ZORATOPIA, Knockdown Center, New York City USA
2022         Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability, The White Box at Nobu Hotel, London UK
2022          Poem = Work of Art, digital francisco carolinum and TheVerseVerse, AUT
2022         Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Centre, Dubai UAE
2021         Prix d’Art Robert Schuman, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken DE
2021         Digital Art Fair Asia, Hong Kong HK
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 für 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

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