The Nine Muses is the most recent work by John Akomfrah (b. Accra, Ghana, 1957), a leading British filmmaker, moving-image installation artist, and cofounder in the early 1980s of the Black Audio Film Collective. With glorious shots of Alaskan shores and the beautiful desolation of barely traveled snowy roads; a soundtrack rich in readings, from Homer to Dante to T. S. Eliot; and the music of Arvo Pärt and India’s Gundecha Brothers, Akomfrah has created a haunting journey through myth and landscape, a self-described “Proustian attempt” to suggest the idea of migration.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.