25 October 2011
John Akomfrah, co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective, expands his exhibition Mnemosyne beyond the gallery in this visual-poem telling the story of Britain’s post-war migrations.
Divided into nine musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material, THE NINE MUSES reforges The Odyssey as a reflection upon journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.
Using spectacular landscape imagery from Alaska with rare archive footage from the BBC, Akomfrah sets the writings of Dante, Beckett and Basho to an equally wide-ranging musical selection with readings from Richard Burton, John Barrymore and Michael Sheen. An utterly absorbing meditation on a journey towards self-discovery, a sorrow song on a quest for knowledge and identity.