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Curtin University of Technology
John Curtin Gallery

Future Exhibitions 2017

PIAF 2017
John Akomfrah
7 February – 30 April 2017

Leading British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah brings Perth two new major film installations – Vertigo Sea and Auto Da Fé.

Vertigo Sea is an immersive and poetic meditation on our relationship with the ocean and its role in the history of humankind. In a captivating film experience, sublime images of sea life segue into powerful footage of the whaling industry and migrants making dangerous sea crossings. Acclaimed as one of the standout works at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Vertigo Sea fuses archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources for a sweeping portrayal of the sea.

In its Australian premiere, Auto Da Fé is a fictional narrative that looks at migration over four centuries. Presented as a poetic period drama, this emotive film highlights the connections between religion, persecution and migration.

Images: John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, 2015, 3-channel HD video installation, 7.1 sound, 52 mins. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London.