JOHN AKOMFRAH, THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION AT TATE BRITAIN
1 February 2014
New Art Exchange is delighted to see the The Unfinished Conversation displayed at Tate Britain until 23 March 2014. The Unfinished Conversation by John Akomfrah, is a moving and multi-layered film installation about Jamaican-born academic Stuart Hall. The piece, commissioned by Autograph ABP, exhibited at NAE during summer 2013.
The Unfinished Conversation is presented as an immersive three-channel video installation, and examines the nature of the visual as triggered across the individual's memory landscape with particular reference to identity and race. The film sees academic Stuart Hall's memories and personal archives extracted and relocated in an imagined and different time, reflecting the questionable nature of memory itself. The Unfinished Conversation looks at the theory that identity is not an essence or being but instead a becoming, where individual subjectivities are formed in both real and fictive spaces.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, Grants For Arts and supported by the Bluecoat, NAE, Nottingham and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Boston, Royal College Inspire Programme and Smoking Dogs Films. With kind support from NAXOS Audio Books, The Open University and BBC, Time/Image and Getty Images.