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

Akomfrah’s Cantos VII serves a stark reminder that our past experiences have forewarned us about the present challenges we face globally. Underscoring the interconnectedness between military conflicts and ecological devastation – from ecocide to ecoterrorism – he reveals the inalterable impact on our environment.

The installation references the devastating impact of the Korean War (1950-53) as well as war damage to human life and land in the Vietnam War (1955-75). It also points to the effects of environmental exploitation on the indigenous populations in Canada.

Through this multifaceted exploration, Akomfrah’s work alludes to the power of memory in determining our future.

Photos: Jack Hems © British Council

Visual identity: TEMPLO