This year, Document are collaborating with Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh to bring you two events to coincide with their exhibition Vertigo Sea.
Vertigo Sea is an exhibition featuring two remarkable installations by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah. Recognised internationally for work that engages with the human condition, winning the 2017 Artes Mundi Award, his films are powerful visions of global diaspora, expansive historical narratives and lamentations on individual mortality.
Evolving from his work with the Black Audio Film Collective (beginning in 1982) the works in this exhibition embody a political desire to allow those forgotten, displaced or repressed by history to haunt the present in order to inform alternative futures.
In the face of recent political travesty, Vertigo Sea presents an opportunity to meditate upon our place within the world, against the immense spaces and epic timescales evoked by the films. It reminds us of our interconnectedness and the diverse, ghostly community that shapes who we are.
Stranger in Paradise
Guido Hendrikx | Netherlands | 2016 | 1hr 17m (p??)
Thurs 2 Nov, 18:00
In collaboration with Talbot Rice, we will be screening Guido Hendrikx’s bold and unflinching look at the absurdities of the asylum system. The screening will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ event framing Stranger in Paradise in the context of Akromfrah’s work. The discussion will also consider filmmakers’ approaches to addressing questions of displacement and global migration, both throughout history and in the precarious present.
Free, but ticketed.
Edinburgh Schools Screening: Stateless in Lesvos
Guy Smallman | UK | 2015 | 26m
Mon 30 October
Shot over three days on the Greek island now famous for receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey. Filmmaker Guy Smallman concentrated not on the refugees themselves but on the incredible dedication and humanity of the Greek and international volunteers assisting the most vulnerable people on the planet as they attempt to reach a place of safety.
Image: John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea (film still), 2015. © Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery.