Exhibition

Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah

30 Apr 2016 – 25 Jun 2016

Cost of entry

Free admission, donations welcome.

The Exchange

Penzance
England, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
  • The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations

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John Akomfrah’s acclaimed video installation Vertigo Sea.is a sensual, poetic meditation on man’s relationship with the sea and an exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration and conflict.

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Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry, evoking memories of the slave trade, whilst juxtaposing sequences of African migrants making a terrifying and dangerous journey across the ocean in search of a ‘better life’.

The immersive installation delivers a timely and potent reminder of current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and ecological concerns.

Vertigo Sea is presented with support through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.
 

Image Shown: 
John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, 2015 © Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

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