Biography

Founded by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, The Otolith Group create films, installations, audio works and performances. Their film and video works incorporate post lens-based essayistic aesthetics that explore the temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions and synthetic alienation of the posthuman, the inhuman, the non-human and the anti-human.

The Otolith Group have exhibited, installed and screened their works nationally and internationally. They have been commissioned to develop and exhibit their art works, research, installations and publications by a wide range of museums, public and private galleries, biennials, foundations and other bodies. Among the programmes and exhibitions they have curated and co-curated are The Militant Image (ongoing); Co-op Dialogues: 1966–2016 (with Jean Matthee), Tate Britain, London (2016); African Futures, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2015); Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Parwardhan, Tate Modern, London (2013); Peter Watkins: The Journey, Tate Modern, London (2013); Mark Fisher and Justin Barton: On Vanishing Land, The Showroom, London (2013); Harun Farocki. 22 Films: 1968–2009, Tate Modern, London (2009); Protest (conceived as part of Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema, commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office), London (2008) and The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of The Black Audio Film Collective 1982–1998, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool and Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2007). In 2010, The Otolith Group were nominated for the Turner Prize.

Eshun earned a BA and MA in English Literature at University College, Oxford (1988) and an MA in Literary Theory at Southampton University (1990). Sagar earned a BA in Social Anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (1997) and an MA in Fine Art and Theory at Middlesex University (2004).

Eshun and Sagar were born in London, Eshun in 1967 and Sagar in 1968. In 2002, Eshun and Sagar established The Otolith Group in London, where they both live and work.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 13.