Screen/Society--Special Event--"Mnemosyne" by visiting filmmaker John Akomfrah

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Screen/Society--Special Event--"Mnemosyne" by visiting filmmaker John Akomfrah

Film Screening:


(John Akomfrah, 2010, 45 min, UK, English, Color, DVD)

-- Director John Akomfrah will give a related talk on October 27th at 7pm in the Nasher Museum of Art Lecture Hall!

Mnemosyne by celebrated British filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah (b.1957) is a powerful new film installation which focuses on the experience of migrant labour in the UK - a poetic essay on the themes of memory and migration.

The film's title, Mnemosyne, refers to the mother of the nine Muses, the personification of memory in Greek mythology. Akomfrah’s work questions memory and suggest the possibility for endless re-interpretation of historical events by interweaving archival footage from 1952 to 1981 with contemporary ‘portraits’ of Britain and extracts of new work filmed in a remote snowy landscape.

Often referred to as ‘film essays’, Akomfrah’s work involves the creation of quasi-fictional scenarios, a questioning of the evidence found in archival material. For Mnemosyne, he used the BBC archives as a starting point to explore attitudes, assumptions and understandings about life in the West Midlands during a key moment in Britain’s immigrant history.

Shown in conjunction with the exhibition "Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection."

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Sponsors: The Nasher Museum of Art and the Program in the Art of the Moving Image (AMI)

Nasher Museum of Art Lecture Hall