John Akomfrah: Memory Rooms

April 15 - 30, 2022

Pera Film presents an online selection of the single-channel works of the artist, director, curator John Akomfrah as part of SENKRON 'Simultaneous Video Exhibitions'. Co-founder of Black Audio Film Collective, Akomfrah weaves together original footage with archival material to create stirring, layered narratives that juxtapose personal and historical memory, past and present, and environmental and human crises.

In the program that will take place online between April 15 – 30; Handsworth Songs, a film essay on racial and social turmoil in 1980s England and the urban riots of 1985; Testament, which deals with the situation of post-colonial societies through the character of Abena, a former activist and new news presenter who returned to contemporary Ghana for the first time in years after the 1966 coup; Who Needs A Heart, a series of micro-narratives that follow the lives of a group of friends and lovers from 1965 to 1975; Speak Like A Child chronicling the relationships between three friends whose lives are irreversibly changed as a result of an event out of control, and The Nine Muses, which stylized and authentically chronicles the history of the mass exodus from Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia to rebuild post-war England.

The program will be streamed at film.peramuzesi.org.tr between April 15 -30, and only be accessible to online audiences in Turkey. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

Handsworth Songs

Handsworth Songs

Testament

Testament

Who Needs A Heart

Who Needs A Heart

Speak Like A Child

Speak Like A Child

The Nine Muses

The Nine Muses

Giacometti in Paris

Giacometti in Paris

The second part of exhibition illustrates Alberto Giacometti’s relations with Post-Cubist artists and the Surrealist movement between 1922 and 1935, one of the important sculptures series he created during his first years in Paris, and the critical role he played in the art scene of the period.

Midnight Stories: COGITO <br> Tevfik Uyar

Midnight Stories: COGITO
Tevfik Uyar

He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

Coffee was served with much splendor at the harems of the Ottoman palace and mansions. First, sweets (usually jam) was served on silverware, followed by coffee serving. The coffee jug would be placed in a sitil (brazier), which had three chains on its sides for carrying, had cinders in the middle, and was made of tombac, silver or brass. The sitil had a satin or silk cover embroidered with silver thread, tinsel, sequin or even pearls and diamonds.