Nana Oforiatta Ayim received her MA in African Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before pursuing graduate education, Nana studied Russian and Politics and worked as a research in the Eastern European Section of the United Nations in New York. She was awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Council Award for doctoral study on Ayan, or Drum Poetics, as an indigenous philosophical, aesthetic and analytical took in Ghana. Ayim has presented her research at the University of Legon, London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Nana founded ANO (http://anoghana.org), an online platform that integrates writing, film, arts and research projects, which explores the construction of narratives, meaning, and the play of power. As a curator, Nana organized “One,” a multidisciplinary exhibition of contemporary Ghanaian art at the Liverpool Biennial; co-coordinated “Africa 05” at the British Museum; “The Word and Afrofuturism at the Southbank Centre;” “Living History,” at the British Council in Accra, Ghana; “Indepdedence Days,” at the Black Cultural Archives; and “Through the Lens,” at Bonham’s.
She has worked with African arts publisher Revue Noire in Paris, and has written on a range of topics on African contemporary culture in The National Geographic, The Statesman, The Dubliner, Arise, Frieze, and Kaleidoscope. Oforiatta Ayim has also created films, such as “CrossOver,” “A Shred of Identity.” and “Nowhere Else But Here,” the latter was made with Invisible Borders and first shown at the New Museum Triennial in 2012. She wrote The Tightrope Walker in five languages, which was also first shown as an installation at NGBK in Berlin.