VERTIGO SEA

Dir. John Akomfrah / Smoking Dogs Films / 2015 / 48 min. / UK


A three-screen feature film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale as part of All the World’s Futures exhibition.  Vertigo Sea is a poetic meditation on man's relationship with the sea and its role in the history of slavery, migration and war.  Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources, and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry.


  • Venice Biennale 2015
  • Bristol's Arnolfini 2016
  • Turner Cotemporary 2016
  • Lisson Gallery