John Akomfrah

22 Jan 2016–12 Mar 2016


In the new year Lisson Gallery presents John Akomfrah's first exhibition with the gallery, showing new and recent works. Akomfrah is a hugely respected artist and film-maker who investigates memory, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics in works that are as poetic as they are political, frequently exploring the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the US. A founding member of the influential Black and Audio film Collective, his collaborative film 'Handsworth Songs' (1986) explored the 1985 riots in Birmingham and London winning numerous prizes and attracted a huge audience when shown in the wake of the 2011 riots. A new three-screen installation, 'Vertigo Sea', will be the subject of a major UK museum show early next year. He has been nominated for the prestigious Artes Mundi, the UK's largest art prize, of which the winner will be announced in early 2017.

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