Researchers

Debbie Onuoha

Debbie Onuoha

I joined the Making Differences team at CARMAH in 2018 as a visual anthropologist. My work is focused on filming ghosts, silences and hidden things in museums, archives, and heritage spaces.

Over the next two years, I am developing three audiovisual projects in collaboration with other researchers at CARMAH around [i] human-animal relationships and Bobby the Gorilla (at the Museum für Naturkunde), [ii] affordances and the Holocaust Memorial and, [iii] the restitution of human remains (taken during the 1904-08 genocide) to Namibia. In addition, I am also working on a written piece about the ways in which exhibition spaces in Berlin engage with art  from Africa. Grouped under the broad title “Afterlives,” these projecrts inquire into the roles of museum and heritage spaces in the 21st century, both in Berlin and elsewhere, by exploring the ways in which, through them, various historical pasts haunt our present realities.

During term-time I organise the CARMAH Kino: a monthly screening and discussion series centred on films made in and/or about spaces like museums, libraries, archives, zoos, aquariums etc.

Before joining CARMAH, I received my MA in Documentary Filmmaking in 2018, from DocNomads—a mobile film school jointly administered between Universidade Lusófona (Portugal), Színház-és Filmművészeti Egyetem (Hungary) and the LUCA School of Arts (Belgium). I have also been awarded an MPhil in World History in 2016 by Trinity College, University of Cambridge (UK) and completed my BA in History and Literature, and Anthropology, with a minor/secondary field in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University (USA) in 2015.

Twitter: @debbieonuoha