John Akomfrah is a British artist, writer, film director, screenwriter, theorist and curator of Ghanaian descent, whose "commitment to a radicalism both of politics and of cinematic form finds expression in all his films."
“The Stuart Hall Project” is Akomfrah’s documentary and visual poem about the work of Jamaican-born cultural theorist Stuart Hall, whose engagement with issues of hybridity and the complexity of identity profoundly shaped British cultural studies in the 20th and 21st centuries. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, at Bajo El Sol Gallery in Mongoose Junction.
Hall’s scholarship and activism has been influential in shaping the politics of the Caribbean Diaspora in the U.K. and Europe, and creolization and globalization studies.
Sight & Sound magazine’s Ashley Clark described “The Stuart Hall Project” as "a strongly personal work that unfolds simultaneously as a tribute to a heroic figure, a study of the emergence of the New Left and its attendant political ideas, and a summation, in thematic and technical terms, of the key characteristics of Akomfrah’s body of work thus far (intertextuality, archival manipulation, a focus on postcolonial and diasporic discourse in Britain).”
Attendees of December’s screenings will still have the chance to check out the Gri Gri Project’s most recent exhibition “New Vernaculars” featuring works by Ensor Colon, Deborah St. Clair, Eric Browne, Jon Euwema, Cooper Penn and Bill Stelzer.
The Gri Gri Project consists of Bajo El Sol’s new owners, Priscilla Hintz Rivera Knight and David Knight Jr.