John Akomfrah (1957-)
The Unfinished Conversation, 2012
John Akomfrah is an artist, lecturer and writer; but is primarily known for his films. He was one of the founders of the Black Audio Film Collective, active between 1982 and 1998; and which examined issues of Black British identity through film and media. He was born in Ghana in 1957, and both his parents were involved with anti-colonial activism. The Unfinished Conversation, his newly commissioned film, is a three-screen video based on the life and work of Jamaican-born writer and cultural theorist, Stuart Hall. Akomfrah juxtaposes Hall’s thoughts on immigration and identity against news footage, readings from William Blake, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. Adrian Searle has written: ‘Akomfrah’s film, like the essence of Hall’s work, is about the conundrum of
being in the world, and is as unexpected as it is brilliant”. It can be seen at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Gallery until 25th November.