John Akomfrah: 'I haven’t destroyed this country. There's no reason other immigrants would'

The acclaimed artist and film-maker’s new project explores the horrifying role of the sea in migration to challenge the current climate of panic. 

For centuries the sea has been used to conceal the worst human atrocities, its depths doubling as a graveyard for slaves, prisoners and refugees.

In the wake of the migration crisis, it is a motif that is as powerful as ever and one that has driven two new bodies of work by acclaimed film-maker John Akomfrah, which will go on show in the UK in January.

Read the full piece in The Guardian

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See also his work in Remapping Europe - our publication and remix room online, with images and texts on the imagery of migrants in Europe. Ruben Diaz, our co -editor of the book is posting in Hacking the veil on the same topic. I will try to cross post stuff as well and thanks for discussing this important subject! 


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Amazing work. It makes me think on how Sergey Ponomarev´s picture for the New York Times, Making the Crossing to Lesbos, is linked to Le Radeau de la Méduse (the Raft of the Medusa) painting of Géricault. Both artistic works based on tragedies, tragedies happening in the sea, as Akomfrah wants to communicate in his latest work. The sea is a witness of human tragedies and unhuman atrocities for the whole history. 
I would love to see his new works. I think his efforts in communicating diaspora´s challenges and path is important to raise awareness about their suffering and particularly to let know that they will never destroy anything !

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Did you also see the short documentary: The Island of Al Toghether? Another stunning work of art that explores how people comes together at Lesbos - refugees and tourists. It is 23 beautiful minutes. Totally worth watching!

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Fantastic! Hearthbreaking! I loved this short documentary. Human connection is clear and positivism and hope the path. I´ll share it.
We discussed the other day about initiatives like this one, showing we are all human and have feelings, dreams and fears. This is a wonderful example.
Thank you Ingi

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I read this piece yesterday - I am in awe of his work!

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Me too! He truly is a beautiful artist. I hope I'll have the chance to see his new works.  

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Me too! :)

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