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

Listening All Night To The Rain draws on the life and legacy of American conservationist Rachel Carson (1907-64). Advocating against the spread of misinformation fuelled by corporate interests and state Complacency, her work ignited the modern environmental movement.

Carson’s work resonates with Akomfrah’s evocative filmography in its exploration of political complicity in the face of ecological devastation.

Much like Carson’s call to listen to the silenced voices of nature, Akomfrah reveals patterns in history and implores his audience to attune ourselves to messages from the past in order to understand the implications for our planet’s future.

Photos: Jack Hems © British Council

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