ACCOLADES & REVIEWS:
Artes Mundi Prize - Winner
South Bank Sky Arts Award - Nominated
The Guardian - "A pained lyric to a passing world"
The Telegraph - "Sumptuous and deeply disquieting"
The Guardian - "Seductive and harrowing"
The Store X London / Oct - Dec 2018
New Museum New York / Jun - Sep 2018
MoMA San Francisco / Mar - Sep 2018
Talbot Rice Edinburgh / Oct '17 - Jan '18
Whitworth Manchester / Mar - 23 Jul 2017
Turner Contemporary Bristol Oct '16 - Jan '17
CoCA Christchurch / May - Aug 2016
The Exchange Penzance / Apr - Jun 2016
Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen / Feb - May 2016
Arnolfini Bristol / Jan - Apr 2016
Venice Biennale Venice / May - Nov 2015
Vertigo Sea a three-screen film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale as part of Okwui Enwezor’s All the World’s Futures exhibition, is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man's relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources, and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry. This material is then juxtaposed with shots of African migrants crossing the ocean in a journey fraught with danger in hopes of ‘better life’ and thus delivering a timely and potent reminder of the current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis, slavery, alongside ecological concerns.
Shot on the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and the Northern regions of Norway, with the BBC’s Bristol based Natural History Unit, Vertigo Sea draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ epic poem Whale Nation (1988), a harrowing and inspiring work which charts the history, intelligence and majesty of the largest mammal on earth.