John Akomfrah is one of the UK’s most fervent artists. His films, videos and installations are intensely thought through and beautiful to look at. His works are lushly rendered on screen with an intimacy that emulates works of classical antiquity in a very modern way. His newest piece, Hauntologies is currently on display at Carroll/Fletcher, only a stone’s throw from Because HQ.
Hauntologies is a compelling exploration of memory and disappearance. His first show at the gallery, this exhibition comprises four new works – of video, photography and installation – as well as a new presentation of The Call of Mist, a video essay made for the BBC in 1998.
Running parallel to the exhibition is a full programme of events – relatively rare to see at a commercial gallery. To accompany Akomfrah’s work Psyche, the artist has selected five films that directly influenced the making of the installation. These films, including Winstanley and The Passion of Joan of Arc, run weekly. During the new Fitzrovia Lates season, the gallery will also be screening Akomfrah’s film The Genome Chronicles, made on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition of work by the late Donald Rodney at inIVA in 2009.
John Akomfrah: Hauntologies is at Carroll/Fletcher until 08 November.