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John Akomfrah, ‘The Unfinished Conversation’ 2012
John Akomfrah, The Unfinished Conversation 2012. Tate. © John Akomfrah / Smoking Dogs Films

The Tanks are designed to showcase live art, installation and the moving image. The artworks on display all explore different aspects of the human voice

Whether used as an instrument, an affirmation of identity, a way of connecting and communicating or for storytelling, the voice is one of the fundamental means of human expression. It can convey meaning through language, be used as pure sound or a combination of both. The works on display show how artists have made use of its versatility to achieve evocative effects.

Emeka Ogboh links stories of forced migration with the global financial crisis in The Way Earthly Things are Going 2017, while Amar Kanwar challenges sexual violence through moving recollections in the multivoiced film work The Lightning Testimonies 2007. In Monument 1980–1, Susan Hiller reflects on memorials, addressing the viewer directly through a pair of headphones. Zineb Sedira attempts to bridge cultures and generations by talking to her mother and daughter in Mother Tongue 2002, and in The Unfinished Conversation 2012, John Akomfrah presents a filmic portrait of Stuart Hall, a cultural theorist whose critical voice has been an influence on him and many others.


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