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