|Filmmaker John Akomfrah (right) and curator Charles Esche (left)|
John Akomfrah was chosen for his ground-breaking film oeuvre woven from perspectives often hidden from the mainstream narratives of European history. Film-maker and Cultural Activist John Akomfrah was born in Accra, Ghana and lives and works in London.
The jury lauded the development of Akomfrah’s oeuvre from his earliest film the ground-breaking Handsworth Songs (1986) to his latest film, Nine Muses (2010), an artistic meditation on migration, myth and memory which creatively weaves together layers of original footage, archival clips, sound and poetry.
In its entirety, Akomfrah’s longstanding body of work is a profound and multi-layered creation championing voices often hidden from the mainstream discourse of European pasts.
In 1982 Akomfrah was a founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective, the seminal British film-making collective and produced a broad range of work — fictional films, tape slide installations, gallery installations, experimental videos and creative documentaries. Since 1998, Akomfrah is Director of the film and television production companies, Smoking Dogs Films, (London) and Creation Rebel Films (Accra).
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