John Curtin Gallery

John Akomfrah

Vertigo Sea and Auto Da Fé

Leading British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah brings to Perth two new major film installations, Vertigo Sea and Auto Da Fé as part of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival.

Vertigo Sea is an immersive and poetic meditation on our relationship with the ocean and its role in the history of humankind. In a captivating film experience, sublime images of sea life segue into powerful footage of the whaling industry and migrants making dangerous sea crossings. Acclaimed as one of the standout works at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Vertigo Sea fuses archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources for a sweeping portrayal of the sea. In its Australian premiere, Auto Da Fé is a fictional narrative that looks at migration over four centuries. Presented as a poetic period drama, this emotive film highlights the connections between religion, persecution and migration.

8 Feb - 30 Apr

John Curtin Gallery

Building 200, Curtin University, Kent Street Bentley WA 6102