John Akomfrah's immersive installation 'Purple' heads to Madrid
14 February 2018Award-winning British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah explores climate change, rising sea levels and extreme weather events in his most ambitious project to date. Purple is an immersive video-installation with six large screens, which intersperses archive sequences with recent images of Akomfrah's trips in the expeditions organised by TBA21-Academy, an institution that promotes the defence of ocean conservation through interdisciplinary programs and of artistic production.
The exhibition, curated by TBA21 Academy, is part of the 25th anniversary events of the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and is the first collaboration between the museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), a contemporary art foundation created by Francesca von Habsburg, daughter of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen Bornemisza.
The exhibition is organised by the Barbican, London, and co-organised by Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden, TBA21-Academy, The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid.