Dzifa Peters is a visual artist and researcher. She was born in Essen, Germany in 1982 and grew up in Germany and Ghana. She studied Fine Arts with focus on sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, as well as Postgraduate Media Arts at Academy of Media Arts Cologne with focus on photography and installation.
She is currently working on her doctorate in the field of diasporic identities and their visual representations, as part of the Lisbon Consortium's PhD program and the Research Center for Communication and Culture (CECC) at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon, as well as internationally as a freelance artist and in curatorial projects. Her research project analyses historical and contemporary forms of visual representation in diasporic identities. The construction of identity in relation to postcolonial circumstances, postmemory and intercultural polarities are of major interest for the project. Her research focuses specifically on visual representations articulated through the formats of art and photography. Research fields include postcolonial studies, media studies, memory studies, performativity studies, semiology, visual culture studies and arts-based research.
She received several project scholarships amongst them DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as currently FCT (Fundacao para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal) to support her research project.