John Akomfrah: Tropikos ScreeningFilms
John Akomfrah: Tropikos presents the artist’s 2016 film Tropikos (2016) a the Perez Art Museum Miami. The film examines the original encounter between European explorers and the people of Africa in the 16th century. This large-scale video installation was filmed in the Tamar Valley and Plymouth, England—a location with significant, if often forgotten, ties to the slave industry: it is where the first British slaving excursion set sail for Africa. The region and its waterways would become England’s primary hub for the slave trade, serving as the point of departure for numerous major expeditions and as the base for the industry’s bureaucratic functions. Run time: 36 min., 41 sec. On view through Sunday, August 27.