march 19, 2020 - Secession Vienna

'John Akomfrah' at the Secession in Vienna is closed until April 3rd

Due to the situation in connection with the Coronavirus, the #secession will be closed until April 3. All events and guided tours are cancelled.


The #secession continues to implement all regulations of the Austrian Federal Government to contain Covid-19, whereby the highest priority is the safety and well-being of our visitors and our team.


Regarding further steps we will keep you up to date via our website and social media channels. If you have any questions, please contact



John Akomfrah

February 21 – April 19, 2020


The filmmaker and screenwriter John Akomfrah’s atmospheric films probe the structure of memory, the diasporic experiences of migrants, and the historical, social, and political roots of postcolonialism. A founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective (1982–1998), he continues to work with his long-term creative partners David Lawson and Lina Gopaul. Early on in his career, he established the multifaceted visual style of his filmic essays, for which he combines archival material from different periods of history, writings from literary and classical sources, and newly shot sequences in distinctive and poetic montages. His editing consistently defies monolithic narratives and historical chronology. Many of the artist’s immersive video installations are multichannel visual compositions, unfolding contrasts and dialogues between image and sound to explore the implications of various junctures and stories.

At the #secession, #johnakomfrah presents three film installations whose themes complement one another: the three-channel projection Vertigo Sea (2015) and the two single-channel pieces Peripeteia (2012) and Mnemosyne (2010). A recurrent motif in his art that connects all three works on film is water, which acts as a reservoir of recollections; in the immensity of the ocean, it also marks the scene of the colonial conquests and the transatlantic slave trade as well as contemporary migrant flows.

John Akomfrah February 21 – April 19, 2020 Hauptraum