WORK  ABOUT       
Emmanuel Adjei is a Dutch Ghanaian film director and visual artist. With a background in Fine Arts and a primary interest in storytelling, Emmanuel’s work deals with human narratives, captured by his unique multi-layered visual language. Creating atmospheric worlds in both a painterly and cinematic style, Emmanuel always seeks to challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality.



REPRESENTATION




SEVDALIZA - SHAHMARAN


UKMVA'18 BEST ALT.VIDEO INT. (WINNER)

UKMVA'18 BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (WINNER)

UKMVA’18 VIDEO OF THE YEAR (NOMINATION)

UKMVA'18 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (NOMINATION)

UKMVA'18 BEST PROD. DESIGN (NOMINATION)

SHOTS AWARDS‘18 MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SILVER)

KINSALE SHARK AWARDS‘18 BEST WRITING (GOLD)

KINSALE SHARK AWARDS‘18 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (GOLD)

MTV M-V-F AWARDS'18 JURY INNOVATION AWARD (WINNER)

CREATIVE CIRCLE’ 1 BEST MUSIC PROMO FILM (BRONZE)

CREATIVE CIRCLE’ 19 
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION (BRONZE)

D&AD AWARDS ‘19 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORTLIST)

D&AD AWARDS ‘19 BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (SHORTLIST)

CICLOPE AWARDS‘18
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (NOMINATION)


CAMERIMAGE‘18 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (NOMINATION)


CAMERIMAGE‘18 BEST DIRECTOR (NOMINATION)

ONE POINT FOUR AWARDS’18 (NOMINATION)

EPICA AWARDS‘18 BRANDED CONTENT - MUSIC VIDEO (SHORTLIST)

VIMEO STAFF PICK

PROMONEWS OUR FAVOURITE VIDEOS OF THE YEAR

VIDEOSTATIC BEST VIDEOS OF THE YEAR 2018

ONE POINT FOUR BEST CREATIVE VIDEOS

STEREOGUM #1 BEST VIDEO OF THE WEEK

PAPER MAGAZINE TOP 20 MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2018

PROMONEWS BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2018: NARRATIVE

VIDEOSTATIC BEST VIDEOS OF THE MONTH AUG

VOTD (WINNER)


“BREATHTAKINGLY GEORGEOUS“
PAPER MAGAZINE


“DESIGNED TO BE IN A MUSEUM”
HAMMER MUSEUM / FLUX

“THE CINEMATOGRAPHY IS SUBLIME AND WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY”
SHOTS

“A HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED, COMPLEX AND BEAUTIFUL EXECUTED PIECE”
PROMONEWS

“THE TERROR OF OPPRESSION IS REALIZED IN THIS SPIELBERG-LEVEL SCI-FI SHORT FILM”
AFROPUNK

“A SILENT LIBERATION FOR VOICES OF THE OPPRESSED”
BET





STATEMENT

Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool, not realizing it was merely an image, and he wasted away to death, not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection. In that sense, Narcissus symbolizes the one who believes that his mirrored image is an essential part of his identity. The reflections of a piece of glass, as well as the traditionally conveyed beliefs that society has attributed to our “external form”, are the masques we try to reject or confirm on a daily basis.

The relationship with one's identity involves, on one hand, the desire to shape it personally, i.e. by voluntarily putting on our daily masques. And on the other hand it involves the external gaze; the frame that the viewer surrounds us with. With my work, I attempt to emphasize these masques and frames, hopefully making the viewer aware of the shaping process of our identity.