John Akomfrah and the Challenges of the 21st Century

Monday 5 December 2016

In this candid interview about art and the world, distinguished British filmmaker John Akomfrah OBE reveals what compels him to address some of the most urgent challenges facing humankind in the 21st century.

There are two new stunning Akomfrah film installations coming to PIAF 2017 – Vertigo Sea and Auto Da Fé (Acts of Faith).

Vertigo Sea premiered at the last Venice Biennale and was met with wonder by audiences. It’s difficult to explain exactly what it’s about, but the rich visual content seems to speak of the ocean and all it represents – past, present and future, exploration, whaling, slavery, refugee crossings and climate change.

Issues of migration, displacement and persecution are reimagined in the fictional film narrative Auto Da Fé, which has its Australian premiere at PIAF in the John Curtin Gallery.

Program Associates: Visual Arts

Written By Felicity Fenner & Anne Loxley

Our dynamic programming duo – Felicity Fenner and Anne Loxley – are always in and out of galleries around the world, collaborating with artists and immersing themselves in a multitude of mediums to bring the world’s most provocative visual art to our shores.