Ufuoma Essi Is a video artist, filmmaker and film programmer from Lewisham, South East London. She works  predominantly with film and moving image as well as photography and sound. 

Her work explores intersectional themes of race, gender, class and sexuality. The archive forms an essential medium for her as an artist and it’s through explorations with the archive that she aims to interrogate and disrupt the silences and gaps of the historical narrative. By using the archive as a process of unlearning and discovery she seeks to re-centre the marginalised histories of the Black Atlantic and specific histories of black women. Drawing from a range of influences including black popular culture, films, music, historical texts and black feminist theory from writers such as Claudia Jones to Audre Lorde.  Within Ufuoma’s work she seeks to examine the historical and contemporary links between the Black Atlantic through her work. 

Ufuoma’s films have been screened and exhibited at institutions and galleries in the UK and abroad such as the Barbican Centre, South London Gallery, MOCA Los Angeles, Croydon Art Store and Chisenhale Studios. 

Ufuoma has worked as a freelance film programmer and  programmed film festivals and screenings with the Barbican, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Chisenhale Studios. She is also member of the South London Gallery based women and non-binary POC collective Narration Group where she has co-curated exhbitions and public programmes. 



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