Hauntologies is artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah’s compelling meditation on disappearance, memory and death. In his first exhibition for Carroll/Fletcher, the virtuosity and depth of Akomfrah’s practice is revealed in three new video, sound and installation works – never before presented in the UK – as well as new presentation of a video essay from 1998.
For the last thirty years, Akomfrah has been committed to giving a voice and a presence to the legacy of the African diaspora in Europe; filling in the voids in history by digging into historical archives to create film essays and speculative fictional stories about past lives. Known for his work with the Black Audio Film Collective, which he co-founded in 1982, Akomfrah’s multi-layered and poetic films invent a new language that investigates the trauma and sense of alienation of displaced subjects.
The Hauntologies show is comprised of Peripeteia, an 18 minute gallery based film set in the 16th century about the lost lives of two characters sketched by the German artist Albrecht Durer; The Call of Mist, a film essay on memory, cloning and loss; At the Graveside of Andrie Tarkovsky, a sound installatio and Allegories of Mourning, a series of large scale photographic diptychs.
Mytherapy is proud to have worked once again with Akomfrah, doing the 4K colour grade for Peripeteia and producing its Digital Cinema Package.