John Akomfrah – A Space of Empathy
Julia Grosse & Sebastian Baden, eds.

John Akomfrah (b. 1957) creates thoughtful video works of haunting audiovisual intensity. He tells of the radical changes and crises of the present and past on characteristic large-format screens. From November 9, 2023 to January 28, 2024, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting for the first time a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work in Germany, featuring a selection of three major multichannel installations from recent years: The Unfinished Conversation (2012), Vertigo Sea (2015), and Akomfrah’s new work, Becoming Wind (2023).

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, this book translates Akomfrah’s three installations into delicate and impactful image sequences, interleaved with a conversation held between the artist and Julia Grosse. Read more here.

Edited by Julia Grosse and Sebastian Baden
With a conversation between Julia Grosse and John Akomfrah, as well contributions by Nelly Y. Pinkrah and Rosa Chávez

Graphic design by Stoodio Santiago da Silva
English and German
22 × 27 cm
120 pp.
Published by Archive Books, Berlin, in conjunction with the exhibition John Akomfrah – A Space of Empathy, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
ISBN 978-3-949973-44-4
Printed by DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg

Book photographs by Trevor Lloyd