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Still from John Akomfrah’s The Unfinished Conversation, 2012, three-channel digital video, color and black-and-white, sound, 46 minutes. Center: Stuart Hall.

FEW ARTISTS WORKING TODAY share the depth of John Akomfrah’s understanding of African diasporic culture, particularly its complex entanglements with the shifting course of global politics, postcolonial experience, and the seductive structures of popular media. As a founding member of the acclaimed Black Audio Film Collective, Akomfrah contributed to the now-disbanded group’s filmic studies of great twentieth-century intellectuals, activists, and cultural figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; of social developments such as the Black Power movement championed by Michael X in 1960s Britain or the Handsworth uprisings and related racial conflicts of the mid-’80s; and of influential musicians including Sun Ra and George Clinton. The Unfinished Conversation, 2012, which debuted at the 2012 Liverpool Biennial and was screened more recently at Nottingham’s New Art Exchange,

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