Listening All Night To The Rain, Canto I by John Akomfrah. Image by Jack Hems.

This is the first artwork in a series of interconnecting films and sound installations that make up John Akomfrah’s British Pavilion commission.

'The visitor experience begins in a really extraordinary moment on the facade of the building where John has created this multi-screen installation which people can see all the way up the breadth of the Giardini.'

Curator, Tarin Malik talking about The Exterior Portico

Akomfrah frames Canto I as an intervention on the facade of this neoclassical building by including imagery and voices from the Global South – a work that acknowledges Britain’s prominent placement in the site of La Biennale and seeks to honour those that have been marginalised by the legacies of imperialism.

Photos: Jack Hems © British Council

Visual identity: TEMPLO