John Akomfrah's Listening All Night to the Rain, at the British Pavilion 2024

We are delighted to announce plans for the British Pavilion at this year’s 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which runs from 20 April to 24  November 2024.

This year’s pavilion by British artist John Akomfrah RA will be a multi-layered exhibition which encourages visitors to experience the British Pavilion’s 19th century neoclassical building in a new way. 

Through his work, Listening All Night To The Rain, Akomfrah will continue to explore the themes that have featured throughout his work of the past four decades and his investigation of issues of contemporary life, such as memory, migration, racial injustice and climate change -  with a renewed focus on the act of listening and the sonic.

Visitors can expect an interlocking, multi-media installation that builds as they journey through the pavilion space. 

Listening All Night To The Rain promises to be aesthetically brilliant, contextually rich and provocative. Akomfrah’s immersive style has a mesmerising quality, reaching and touching the hearts and consciousness of audiences often unseen or unheard, which is fitting for this body of work that encourages the idea of listening as activism. I look forward to April when John’s work is presented on the world art stage in Venice and beyond, thereafter.’ 

Skinder Hundal, MBE, British Council Director of Arts


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