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John Akomfrah, The Airport, 2016, three-channel HD video installation, color, sound, 53 minutes.

John Akomfrah

Lisson Gallery

John Akomfrah, The Airport, 2016, three-channel HD video installation, color, sound, 53 minutes.

In 1982, Ghana-born, London-based artist John Akomfrah cofounded the Black Audio Film Collective with fellow students at Portsmouth Polytechnic, aiming to kick-start a specifically black culture of politically and theoretically attuned moving-image work in the UK. The group’s landmark 1986 film Handsworth Songs, which Akomfrah directed, employs a characteristic mix of broadcast news footage, still photography, and audio montage to deconstruct the riots that had taken place in Birmingham, UK, and London the previous year. BAFC disbanded in 1998, but Akomfrah has continued to collaborate with former members Lina Gopaul and David Lawson in addition to producing his own work for a variety of contexts. His output is typically focused on themes of migration and displacement, especially that of the African diaspora in Europe and the United States.

While still featuring sound from television

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