EXHIBITION CAAC John Akomfrah
November 13th 2020 - March 14th 2021
Curated by: Neus Miró. Space: Monumental Zone
John Akomfrah (Ghana, 1957), is one of the most recognized artists and filmmakers in the panorama of contemporary artistic practices. Akomfrah holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Portsmouth and in the 1980s founded the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998). His work is a recurrent exploration of the human feeling of belonging.
His works are formalized in large multi-channel film installations in which he combines found footage with current recordings made on his own. This combination of historical and new material allows him to transcend temporal borders to explore the permanence of issues related to memory, post-colonialism, and temporality as well as the experiences of global migratory diasporas.
Based on one of his most acclaimed works as the conceptual core of the exhibition, Vertigo Sea (2015), the show that will be presented in CAAC's spaces will address recurring aspects in his work such as: the presence of the sea as a historical place where migratory movements converge; post-colonial issues and racial problems; and the exploration of new cinematographic narratives where images from diverse origins are combined in an audiovisual fabric that manages to be both poetic and political in equal parts.