John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea




A meditation on whaling, the environment and our relationship with the sea, the work is a film essay continuing the ‘recycled aesthetic’ of John Akomfrah’s recent gallery pieces, fusing archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources.

Shot on the Isle of Skye, in the Faroe Isles and in the North of Greenland and Norway, the film is inspired in part by two influential books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation (1988). Also referenced is the incident on board the slave ship Zong that led JMW Turner to paint The Slave Ship almost a century later, exhibiting it in 1840 to coincide with a meeting of the British Anti-Slavery Society.

Turner Contemporary is a partner on the UK tour of John Akomfrah’s multi-screen installation Vertigo Sea, premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Duration 08 October 2016 - 08 January 2017
Times Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays 10am - 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Turner Contemporary
Address Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Contact / info@turnercontemporary.org / www.turnercontemporary.org

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