John Akomfrah

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John Akomfrah
artist's name: John Akomfrah
preferred medium: video / film
nationality: GB
born: 1957
born in: Accra, Ghana
lives in: London
artist's / gallery's website: John Akomfrah

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John Akomfrah - Profile

John Akomfrah Born in Ghana in 1957 and educated in England from a young age, John Akomfrah has become a cinematic counterpart to such commentators of and contributors to the culture of the Black diaspora as Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, Greg Tate and Henry Louis Gates. In doing so, he has continued to mine the audiovisual archive of the 20th century, re-contextualizing these images not only by selecting and juxtaposing them but also through the addition of eloquent and allusive text. He is a co-founder of Black Audio Film Collective. Since 1999 Akomfrah has been working on his own. But his films are based on found footage arranged to create cinematic poetry and then use this poetry to tell history afresh.  beirutartcenter

10 important exhibitions with John Akomfrah

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
John Akomfrah: Precarity Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Durham US 29.03.2018
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Durham US 18.11.2017
Vertigo Sea | John Akomfrah Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh GB 20.10.2017
John Akomfrah Purple Barbican Centre London GB 06.10.2017
Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial Art Gallery of Alberta Edmonton CA 09.09.2017
Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 18.02.2017
John Akomfrah: Tropikos Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Miami US 24.01.2017
John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea Turner Contemporary Kent GB 08.10.2016
Taipei Biennial 2016 Taipei Biennale Taipeh CN 10.09.2016
British Art Show 8 Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh GB 13.02.2016
John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea Kunsthallen Nikolaj Kopenhagen DK 11.02.2016
John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea Arnolfini Bristol GB 16.01.2016
British Art Show 8 Hayward Gallery London GB 09.10.2015
56th Venice Biennale 2015 All the World's Futures Biennale Venedig Venedig IT 09.05.2015
Unfinished Conversations Beirut Art Center (BAC) Beirut LB 23.02.2015
The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding The Power Plant Toronto CA 24.01.2015
John Akomfrah: Imaginary Possessions Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum East Lansing US 19.09.2014
DAK'ART 2014: 11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain Biennale Dakar Dakar, Sénégal 09.05.2014
Grip friheten! Take Liberty! The National Museum of Norway (MOCA) Oslo NO 11.04.2014
Liverpool Biennial 2012: hospitality Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art Liverpool GB 15.09.2012
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galleries representing John Akomfrah:

Lisson Gallery

10 important collections, in which John Akomfrah is represented:

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art

Focus on John Akomfrah's network:

influential curators having exhibited works of John Akomfrah:

Okwui Enwezor Lydia Yee Anna Colin Jonathan Shaughnessy

important awards & residencies from John Akomfrah:

Artes Mundi Prize - Shortlist