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Vertigo Sea is a sensual and poetic meditation on film exploring our relationship to the sea.

Following a joint acquisition with the National Museum of Wales in 2021, John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea will be exhibited at Towner in summer 2021. First shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015, this three-channel film installation is the first in a trilogy including Purple (2017) and Four Nocturnes (2019) that explore the complex, intertwined relationship between humanity’s destruction of the natural world and destruction of itself.

A reflection on the relationship between humans and the sea, the exhibition explores our role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict on water. Vertigo Sea visits Towner within the context of the gallery’s coastal location and the constantly changing boundary between land and sea.⁠

Acquired with support from Art Fund, the Derek Williams Trust, The Search Foundation through the Contemporary Art Society, and Towner Collection Development Fund.⁠

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