John Akomfrah

Expeditions 1 – Sings of Empire, 1983
Single-channel 35 mm colour Ektachrome transferred to video, sound, duration: 26 min

Expeditions 2 – Images of Nationality, 1984
Single-channel 35 mm colour Ektachrome transferred to video, sound, duration: 22 min

Produced while the Black Audio Film Collective were undergraduates, this work is a two-part 35mm slide-tape text entitled Expeditions; part one is titled Signs of Empire and part two is titled Images of Nationality. The work toured England from November 1984 to March 1985, using a Kodak dissolve unit to sequence images into narrative. The soundtrack to the works, which consists of tape loops of musique concrete and political speeches, was amplified to create a powerful environment of dread.




Text courtesy the artist
Special Thanks to Lisson Gallery, London