African soldier photograph installation at London’s Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum located near Zone 1’s Elephant & Castle is showcasing their Mimesis: African Soldier photograph installation, where emotionally moving imagery is displayed in remembrance of the millions of African and colonial soldiers, labourers and carriers who served in the First World War.

As a sensory experience, visitors can view the imagery across multiple screens with a powerful musical accompaniment. This exhibition is FREE, and available for visitors until 31st March.

The work was shot by artist John Akomfrah, best known for his multi-screen installations Purple (2017) and Precarity (2017), in various locations around the world that speak to the African experience of the First World War. In addition to his work, he uses historic film, including material from the IWM’s archive, to help tell the stories of those who sacrificed their lives throughout the First World War.

The work was co-commissioned by New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Smoking Dogs Films, and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

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