John Akomfrah’s artistic journey and reflections at the Venice Biennale

John Akomfrah, the Ghanaian filmmaker known for his socially conscious work, recently discussed his personal journey and artistic commitment at this year’s Venice Biennale. Born during a period of political unrest in 1966, Akomfrah fled with his mother to the United States before settling in London. It was there that he began his artistic career in the 1980s as a co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective.

The Venice Biennale, showcasing 88 national pavilions this year, provides a unique platform for artists from around the world.

Notably, countries like Benin, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal, Timor-Leste, and Panama are participating for the first time, highlighting the global diversity and richness of the art scene.

Akomfrah emphasized the significance of this major artistic event, describing representing Britain at the Venice Biennale as both an honor and a responsibility.

He sees this event as an exceptional platform to address crucial issues such as migration, colonialism, and identity.

His work, characterized by poetry and social engagement, resonates strongly this year.

Through his video installation titled “Listening All Night to the Rain,” Akomfrah delves into deep reflections on history and contemporary issues, prompting viewers to question the world around them.

As the Venice Biennale unfolds, the national pavilions and exhibited artworks continue to capture attention and spark debates on art, society, and politics.

Akomfrah, with his journey and commitment, embodies the spirit of this internationally renowned artistic event.



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