CLOSE-UP | Hauntologies: The Ghost, Voice and the Gallery

(Seven Songs for Malcolm X, 1993)

(Seven Songs for Malcolm X, 1993)

“The sense of space that the word ‘haunt’ connotes is interesting when we consider the physical curation and display of Akomfrah’s Hauntologies. People have their haunts, those places they revisit and frequent. A haunting occurs through repetitive manifestation in a particular location such as ‘the haunted house’, where the ghosts inhabit a location. In the gallery moving-sound-images are replayed – they loop and repeat. Etymologically ‘haunt’ relates to the ‘home’ and to the journey or process of journeying to the village or dwelling place. This notion of ‘the way home’ and the journey reflects Akomfrah’s recurring thematic explorations of narratives relating to the African diaspora in Europe.”

via CLOSE-UP | Hauntologies: The Ghost, Voice and the Gallery.

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