DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

John Akomfrah

English
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Peripeteia : HD video, 18’12", 2012, © John Akomfrah, courtesy galerie Caroll Fletcher and Smoking Dogs Films.

John Akomfrah film, Peripeteia is in line with its commitment to offer visibility and a voice to the African diaspora. For nearly 30 years, Akomfrah causes and participates in debates surrounding the concept of migration with works that reveal the sharp eye of the director on society and of course the art world. Here, it is not today’s black which he claims a right to speak, but to those of the past. Albrecht Dürer, the engraver who has contributed most to the distribution of images in Europe in the sixteenth century, made also a portrait of a black man and a black woman. These two engravings are the starting point of reflection of the artist who questions the identity of these two people. These two engravings are the starting point of reflection of the artist who questions the identity of these two people. While in the sixteenth century, more than ever, the portrait was an historic and social value, the portrait of this unknown black man and black woman – came to us her name, Katharina - have encyclopaedic value. Peripeteia shows the stormy path of the Black man in a fierce Europe to finally get an identity and a voice.

John Akomfrah is a British artist filmmaker and writer whose film installations, feature films and documentaries around theories of cultural identity, art and post colonialism have won critical acclaim in Europe, North America and Africa.
He was a founder member of the cine-cultural workshop, The Black Audio Film Collective in the 1980’s making works for the gallery, cinema and television in tape slide, film and high definition. Among his many award winning productions are Handsworth Songs, Peripeteia, Psyche, and the March.
His current work the Unfinished Conversation, a three channel work around the ideas and work of eminent cultural theorist Stuart Hall exhibited to great acclaim at last year’s Sharjah Biennial and is now on show at Tate Britain in London. He has recently completed a two channel work on the promise by post colonial leaders entitled Tranfigured Night.

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