Vertigo Sea by John Akomfah

Image Credit: John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, 2015 Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL

01736 363715
info@newlynartgallery.co.uk
www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

Saturday 30 April 2016 – Saturday 25 June 2016
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday.
Admission Fee: Free admission, donations welcome.

Preview

Friday 29th April, 7.30 - 11pm

John Akomfrah’s acclaimed video installation Vertigo Sea.is a sensual, poetic meditation on man’s relationship with the sea and an 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, evoking memories of the slave trade, whilst juxtaposing sequences of African migrants making a terrifying and dangerous journey across the ocean in search of a ‘better life’.

The immersive installation delivers a timely and potent reminder of current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and ecological concerns.

Vertigo Sea is presented with support through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

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