Purple, by John Akomfrah

20 February–25 March 2018

Exhibition Overview


Award-winning British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah explores climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events in his most ambitious project to date. Thought-provoking and powerful, the immersive six-channel video intersperses archival footage with newly shot film, animated by a hypnotic score.

Purple draws upon Akomfrah’s travels in the French Polynesia with TBA21–Academy, which promotes advocacy for ocean conservation through cross-disciplinary programs and artistic production. The exhibition is curated by TBA21–Academy.

(Photo: John Akomfrah, Purple (still frame), 2017, six screen film installation, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery)

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