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John Akomfrah: Purple
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John Akomfrah: Purple

A Person Standing On A Snowy Hill

From Saturday, November 19, 2022 to Monday, July 31, 2023 November 19, 2022 July 31, 2023 Riggs Washington DC

“John Akomfrah: Purple” introduces the artist’s largest ever video installation, an immersive six-channel work, to Washington D.C. for the first time.  

“Purple” plays across six large screens arranged in an arc, perfectly mirroring the Hirshhorn’s curved architecture. Carpet in a deep shade of purple—the color of mourning in Ghana, Akomfrah’s country of origin—blankets the floors and walls of the exhibition space, lending an inviting if somber mood and reminding viewers of the losses brought about by environmental devastation.  

John Akomfrah Purple, 2017 6 channel HD colour video installation with 15.1 surround sound Dimensions variable 62 minutes (AKOM170005) © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.

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