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Barbican: Film in Focus John Akomfrah

Barbican: Film in Focus John Akomfrah

Date: 6 October 2017 – 7 January 2018  Where: Curve Gallery FREE

Experimental filmmaker John Akomfrah has been commissioned to create a new work for the Curve.

Akomfrah’s films are known for investigations into subjects like memory, identity, post-colonialism and often explore the experience of the African and Asian global diasporas. A founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective (1982), his first film Handsworth Songs (1986) was a mournful meditation on the broken dreams of post war migrants told through a charged combination of archive footage, home movies, documentary photographs and newsreel footage of the 1985 riots in Birmingham and London.

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Akomfrah’s standout work at last year’s Venice 56th Biennale was his paen to the ocean, Vertigo Sea (2015). A three-channel video installation comprising hundreds of hours of archival footage, edited with new tableaux vivants and a hypnotic sound score, Vertigo Sea focused on a range of histories from whaling, international migration, the trans Atlantic trade and the beginnings of globalisation.

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