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Jeremy Harding: ‘Mimesis: African Soldier’

6 December 2018
Mimesis: African Soldier 
by John Akomfrah.
Imperial War Museum, until 30 March 2018
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... and became League of Nations mandates in 1920.) Africans fighting and labouring in Europe were not Kentridge’s subject: the art-commissioning body for the World War One centenary gave the job to JohnAkomfrah, whose three-screen installation, Mimesis: African Soldier, is on show at the Imperial War Museum in London.Akomfrah, born in Ghana in 1957 and famous for his video/sound explorations of ...

At Tate Britain

Julian Bell: ‘Migrations’

8 March 2012
... The Artist’s Mother’ (1911) and ‘Jewish Family’ (1913) One borrowed exhibit, a Canaletto of 1740s Westminster, renders a particular local streetscape with poignant acuity. Like JohnAkomfrah, the Ghanaian-born director of Handsworth Songs, the Venetian is reminding me what I take Britishness to look like. But their works come as oases in a fuzzy and overstretched survey, only ...

The Last Hundred Days

Peter Wollen: Kassel’s Mega-Exhibition

3 October 2002
Documenta 11 
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... cities before arriving at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. This exhibition featured many artists who later reappeared in Documenta 11, including Bouabré and Kingelez as well as JohnAkomfrah, a member of the Black Audio Film Collective and director of Handsworth Songs, a breakthrough documentary of the Handsworth riots intercut with a series of interviews. Documenta 11 also drew artists ...

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