– I wanted to find a way of creating a kind of facility for empathy and understanding, because that seems to me to be what you don’t get most of the time when you look at the news.
The British artist John Akomfrah's three-screen film installation Vertigo Sea made a huge impact on visitors and critics at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Vertigo Sea got its first Scandinavian screening at Bildmuséet in Umeå in the north of Sweden, where Kerstin Berggren met John Akomfrah for a Spotlight-talk about Johns work and in particular Vertigo Sea with its special sound and the magnificent mix of old and new films and images.
– The thing that connects all of them is, of course, the sea. Both the sea as a terrible, raging, angry space but also a place of incredible beauty. This was important to me that people got both at the same time. When people come out that is what they say to me: "I don’t understand how something so beautiful can be so terrible."