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17 Nov 2013

The Unfinished Conversation

Posted by Paul Gerhardt on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do find time to see The Unfinished Conversation, John Akomfrah's gallery version of The Stuart Hall Project.  It opened earlier this month at Tate Britain and will run through to February 2014.  The three screen installation runs for about 40 minutes.

The most talked-about work at the (Sharjah) biennial was John Akomfrah's filmic portrait of Jamaican-born, British cultural theorist and architect of the New Left, Stuart Hall, The Unfinished Conversation (2012)…..It was created for three screens, as if one wasn't enough for the urgency of what he needed to communicate - key cultural and political postwar debates, filtered through archival footage and the experiences of one man. This astonishing work which is as sensitive to the nuances of music, collage, atmosphere and biography as it is to the brute facts of politics ……

Frieze Magazine July 2013