How is the social sphere linked to the ecological? What are the ways in which radical politics can be expressed in cinematic language? To find out, listen to this episode, recorded on the occasion of Sharjah Biennial 15, where John Akomfrah is in conversation with SB15 curator Hoor Al Qasimi. In Sharjah, Akomfrah installed three works (all 2023) —Arcadia, a multi-screen film about the violence of historical and economic systems, Becoming Wind, a five-channel video called that references the myth of the garden of Eden, and Wounding Light a series of images called that combines landscape photography with historical painting. To receive updates about the 15th Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah Art Foundation’s year-round programme, follow us on Instagram @sharjahart.
Through his experimentation with the moving image, John Akomfrah delves into themes of memory, identity, postcolonialism, temporality and the politics of aesthetics.
John Akomfrah delves into themes of memory, identity, postcolonialism, temporality and the politics of aesthetics through his experimentations with the moving image.