John Akomfrah's Best Films, Ranked - ARTnews
17 June 2020
John Akomfrah’s films are dizzying, strange, and absolutely essential artworks that explore histories of displacement, people living in oppressive states, landscapes on the verge of alteration, and larger-than-life thinkers like Stuart Hall and Malcolm X. His considerations of any one of those alone would be enough to make Akomfrah one of today’s most thoughtful artists. All together, they have made the Ghanaian-born, British-based artist—with his legacy built among colleagues in the Black Audio Film Collective—a leading experimental figure and an inspiration to many younger artists at work right now. Below, a ranking of Akomfrah’s five best works. (Three of them can currently be streamed, with notes for each included.)
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