The Unfinished Conversation

John Akomfrah
The Unfinished Conversation, 2012
Three-channel colour video projection with sound
Digital Betacam video, 4K digital files, 35 mm photographs,
16 mm super 8 film
46 minutes
Installation view


In John Akomfrah's films and documentaries, the artist explores the histories and legacies of the African diaspora in Europe, considering issues of identity, memory and displacement. Known as a pioneer of black British cinema, he was a founding member of the seminal Black Audio Film Collective, which was active in the UK from 1982 to 1998.

Akomfrah’s work has been screened and exhibited at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012); Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012); Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK (2007); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2005) and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002).

He has received numerous awards and honours, including the British Film Institute’s John Grierson Award for Documentary in 1987. In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 11