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)