Opening: Lisson Gallery, London January 2016
Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound 53 minutes
Director: John Akomfrah
Producers: Lina Gopaul and David Lawson
The Airport is a three screen film installation which recalls the work of two filmmaking greats: Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) and Theo Angelopolous (1935-2012). The film’s narrative, complete with sweeping shots of the landscapes of Athens and Southern Greece, contemplates the significance of empire and the ghosts which linger in our collective consciousness – both physically through architectural ruins and metaphorically through the traces and personal histories of previous generations. The film’s elastic sense of time, where characters from different eras and generations encounter one another references Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Angelopolous’s technique of employing constant movement between camera, characters and locations is also reflected to poetic affect.