“I am obsessed with archival films: ghostly records of lived moments in this unique space between history and myths. But I always begin with the questions.” (John Akomfrah, British filmmaker and screenwriter)
Mnemosyne is an installation derived from The Nine Muses, displayed on 15 October 2011 at the Ferroviário Club, in Lisbon, as part of the multidisciplinary programme O Barulhamento do Mundo, organized by Africa.Cont.
Structured as an allegorical fable and vaguely inspired by existential science fiction, Mnemosyne is an idiosyncratic, uncommon and stylised reinterpretation of the history of mass migration to Great Britain in the post-war period. This work by John Akomfrah, one of the founders of the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998), which consecrated itself analysing British black identity, questions memory and suggests the possibility of infinite reinterpretations of historical events, by cross-referencing archival images from the USA and Great Britain with contemporary portraits from England.
Work developed by TE for this project:
Project Management in collaboration with Africa.Cont
Coordination of Installation and De-installation
Presented in Portugal by: Africa.Cont
Carpe Diem Gallery Art and Research
22 October to 19 November 2011