John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea

Image Credit: John Akomfrah Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Arnolfini

0117 9172300
info@arnolfini.org.uk
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/john-akomfrah-vertigo-sea-1

Saturday 16 January 2016 – Sunday 10 April 2016
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm Wednesdays 11am - 8pm

Vertigo Sea, a three-screen film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale as part of Okwui Enwezor’s All the World’s Futures exhibition, is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man's relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources, and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry. This material is then juxtaposed with shots of African migrants crossing the ocean in a journey fraught with danger in hopes of ‘better life’ and thus delivering a timely and potent reminder of the current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis, slavery, alongside ecological concerns.

 

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