John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea

Display Date: 
February 29, 2020 - July 26, 2020
Level 3 Art Gallery

In this compelling three-channel film, renowned UK artist John Akomfrah brings together a collection of oblique tales and histories, touching upon migration, the history of slavery and colonization, war and current ecological concerns. This film showcases locations such as the coast of Newfoundland and includes footage from the BBC’s Natural History Unit. With sweeping and hypnotic imagery, Vertigo Sea washes in waves over its audience, bringing with it the traumas, memories and the hopes of a fractured world.

Vertigo Sea is on loan from the National Gallery of Canada.

John Akomfrah
Vertigo Sea, 2015
Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound
48 minutes 30 seconds
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