A PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL EVENT
SUPPORTED BY VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM PARTNER WESFARMERS ARTS.
Until 30 APR
The John Curtin Gallery presents two major multi-screen film installations by internationally acclaimed Ghanaian-born British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah.
With an international career spanning three decades, Akomfrah creates powerfully immersive environments that envelope his audience. This striking exhibition is the first time Akomfrah’s work has ever been shown in Perth and headlines the visual arts program of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival.
Vertigo Sea was acclaimed as one of the standout projects at the 2015 Venice Biennale. This immersive multi-screened film installation is a dark, poetic contemplation of humanity’s relationship to the sea. Astonishing images of the earth’s oceanic diversity are counterpoised with archival footage of migration, including fatal sea crossings where people risk their lives to escape war and famine seeking better futures elsewhere. Vertigo Sea combines archival film footage and historical images with newly-filmed material and readings from classical sources into a powerfully confronting narrative.
Alongside Vertigo Sea is the Australian premiere of Akomfrah’s Auto Da Fé, a fictional narrative that puts current refugee crises into historical context. Connections between migration, displacement and persecution across four centuries are reimagined in the film’s fictional narrative.
John Akomfrah Auto Da Fé, 2016, Two channel HD colour video installation, 5.1 sound , 40.5 minutes © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery
John Akomfrah Vertigo Sea, 2015, 3-channel HD video installation, 7.1 sound, 52 mins. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London.