Fundació Antoni Tàpies presents John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea
29 January 2021
From 5 February to 6 June 2021, Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, Spain, will present John Akomfrah's seminal film work Vertigo Sea (2015). Premiered at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, Vertigo Sea is a three-channel video installation that explores humanity’s relationship with the sea, weaving a complex narrative about human beings and the natural world, and the beauty, violence and precariousness of life. The film probes issues such as migration, the history of slavery and colonization, war and conflict, and addresses current ecological concerns, through a combination of new and archival sound and imagery.
Vertigo Sea will be accompanied by Peripeteia (2012), a single-channel video installation which takes as its starting point two portraits painted by Albrecht Dürer, Kopf eines Negers (Head of a Black Man, 1508) and Porträt der Afrikanerin Katherina (Portrait of the African Katherina, 1520).
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