An immersive video-installation exhibit from the Black British artist is one of the highlights at the Barbican Centre, London.
Genre: Film, Exhibition
Venue: Barbican Centre, London, England
Time: October 6 2017 till January 7 2018
Curators & Sponsors: Commissioned by the Barbican, London and co-commissioned by Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden, TBA21-Academy, The Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston and Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon.
Artist: John Akomfrah, British artist and filmmaker, whose works are characterised by investigations into memory, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics, often exploring the experiences of migrant diasporas globally. Akomfrah was a founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective, in 1982, with artists David Lawson and Lina Gopaul. Numerous solo exhibitions, group shows, and film features; winner of the 2017 Artes Mundi Prize.
Description: John Akomfrah creates his most ambitious piece to date — an immersive six-channel video installation addressing climate change, human communities and the wilderness. At a time when, according to the UN, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are at their highest levels in history, Akomfrah’s Purple brings a multitude of cogent, pressing ideas into conversation, including animal extinctions, the memory of ice, the plastic ocean and global warming. Akomfrah has combined hundreds of hours of archival footage with newly shot film and crafted a hypnotic sound score to produce the video installation.
For more information, see the event site here.