Artist collective re-unites at FACT
31 January 2007
The seminal media group, The Black Audio Film Collective, has reunited for the first time in eight years, at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).Taking part in a unique discussion panel chaired by curators, The Otolith Group, the collective talked about their influences, legacy and work at an event to coincide with the launch of the group's first retrospective open until 01 April.
John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, Reece Auguiste, Trevor Mathison, Edward George and David Lawson formed The Black Audio Film Collective when they studied together at Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982. From then until they dissolved in 1998, the BAFC created a body of work described as one of the most significant in post-war European culture and became acknowledged as one of the most influential artist groups to emerge from Britain in recent years.
The exhibition at FACT, The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of The Black Audio Film Collective, allows audiences to see a selection of the group's award-winning films, photography, videos, installations and posters, much of which has never been exhibited in the UK.