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10/01/2016 Screening of John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea Downtown Free

John Akomfrah's will be at Design Exchange for a special talk followed by a screening of his film Vertigo Sea. Shot on the Isle of Skye, Faroe Islands and Norway, and drawn from the BBC's archive, the film juxtaposes the unparalleled splendor of aquatic nature in its fullest glory with the greed and cruelty of the whaling industry, and shots of African migrants crossing the ocean. The film delivers a timely and potent reminder of the current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and slavery, alongside ecological concerns. His films and video installations have won several prizes and have been shown at Cannes, Toronto and Sundance film festivals as well as Documenta 11, Liverpool Biennial, Venice Biennale, Tate and MoMA NY

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