John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire

John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire
Library Shelf Location 18.AKOM
Publication Date 2018

This catalog is the first monographic publication to survey the work of London-based artist John Akomfrah (born 1957) and accompanies his upcoming New Museum exhibition. Since the early 1980s, Akomfrah's moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora. Zoe Whitley and Aram Moshayedi survey Akomfrah's early work as part of Black Audio Film Collective. Tina Campt explores the sonic resonances of Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Conversation (2012), which focuses on the life of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Diana Nawi examines the recent work Transfigured Night (2013/2018), considering how Akomfrah continues to find new languages for film, representation and narrative. T.J. Demos and Okwui Enwezor look at Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah's monumental work exploring the concept of the black Atlantic, using the work to articulate the visual and philosophical underpinnings of Akomfrah's work across his career.

ISBN 9780915557189
Quantity 1
Pages 128
Editors Gary Carrion-Murayari, Massimiliano Gioni
Authors Tina Campt, T J Demos, Okwui Enwezor, Aram Moshayedi, Srivinas Aditya Mopadevi, Diana Nawi, Zoe Whitley
Format Paperback
Publisher New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Related Artist John Akomfrah
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keywords representation, Cultural identity, Narrative, post-colonial theory, Race (concept)
Language English

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