John Akomfrah (b. 1957, Accra, Ghana) lives and works in London, UK. Recent solo shows include Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA (2020); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2020); BALTIC, Gateshead, UK (2019); ICA, Boston, USA (2019) and SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA (2018). International group shows include Ghana Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2019); Prospect 4, New Orleans, USA (2017); La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (2017) and 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015).
One of the founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective (dissolved in 1997), filmmaker, artist, theorist and writer John Akomfrah has dedicated much of his work and life towards examining issues of Black British identity and the Black diaspora through film and media. In 1998, together with Lina Gopaul and David Lawson, his long-term producing partners, Akomfrah co-founded Smoking Dogs Films. Through his work and research, Akomfrah systematically revisits the audiovisual archive of the 20th century, recontextualizing these images not only by selecting and juxtaposing them but also by adding text, sound and original footage.