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Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films

November 5 - December 10

Ghanaian British filmmaker John Akomfrah’s work asks audiences to engage with colonialism and the African diaspora through memory and montage, creating meaning by connecting history with lived experience. Across exhibition contexts, in gallery settings through immersive multichannel installations, and also in the cinema space, Akomfrah is a leading voice in contemporary time-based media art. This series surveys Akomfrah’s works for screen and television with sixteen single-channel films from the influential Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) to newer works by the present iteration of the collective, known as Smoking Dogs Films. With thanks to John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, David Lawson, Emma Gifford-Mead, and Lisson Gallery, London. Film historian Aboubakar Sanogo, Carleton University, Ottawa, and BAFC cofounder Reece Auguiste, University of Colorado Boulder, introduce selected screenings.

image from Seven Songs for Malcolm X
courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery

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