2022 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: University of California, San Diego
John H. Johnson Film Honor
kelechi agwuncha (b.Chicago, IL) is an Igbo-American video artist, filmmaker, and sound artist who uses a surrealist approach to reinterpret traditional sports & bodily movement. They are based in Chicago and San Diego, where they received an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and studied under the Isaac Julien Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their work has been screened at various festivals and in public spaces, including the Chicago Architectural Biennale, Pitchfork Music Festival, Black International Cinema Berlin, and the PBS Film Festival. Their most recent video art piece, tether, is a meditation on their subconscious childhood memories of performance. It documents a new ritual that combines their memories of playing the recess game, tetherball, and witnessing Ojiọnu Igbo masquerade figures perform.