Artes Mundi Prize 7

John Akomfrah was awarded the Artes Mundi 7 Prize in 200X.

Credit: John Akomfrah with artwork Auto Da Fé

Ghanian born Akomfrah is a seminal figure in Black British Cinema and forerunner in digital cinematography. For 30 years the artist, director, writer and theorist has been highlighting the legacy of African diaspora in Europe by creating films that explore marginalised histories of European society. His body of work is considered one of the most distinctive and innovative in contemporary Britain.


Akomfrah was a founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective and he is well-known for films including The Nine Muses (2010), Speak Like a Child (1998) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013). In 2008 Akonfrah was awarded an OBE for his services to the British film industry.

Born in 1957, Akomfrah lives and works in London. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2020); Secession, Vienna (2020); BALTIC, Gateshead (2019); ICA Boston (2019); Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2018); New Museum, New York (2018); Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Umeå (2015, 2018); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2018); Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2018); Barbican, London  (2017); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2017); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2016); STUK Kunstcentrum, Leuven (2016);  Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013-14) and a week long series of screenings at MoMA, New York (2011).

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