See Joseph Mallord William Turner’s work like never before in this very special exhibition at Tate Liverpool this September, where paintings and sketches will be paired with an immersive sound environment created by Lamin Fofana. In Dark Waters, both artists’ work will be revealing something new about the politics of the sea, while heightening the power of each other’s work by engaging multiple senses.
Turner is best known for his dramatic and experimental seascapes created with a focus on the dynamism of the quickly changing subject matter, its colours and energy. His work is undeniably ahead of its time, and now Turner’s genius can be admired once more by new audiences, enhanced by sound.
Lamin Fofana is a Sierra Leonean artist and musician whose compositions inspire a range of reactions from a sense of unease, contemplation, and anticipation in their steady, slow rises and shifts. Never predictable, Fofana’s work is not only incredibly atmospheric, but each piece has a strong conceptual underpinning that inspires the tracks, often translating the writing of pioneering black authors into sound. His work will return to Liverpool once again, having recently taken part in the 2021 Liverpool Biennial with the piece Life and Death by Water, 2021.
Perfectly located in the Royal Albert Dock surrounded by maritime history, this Dark Waters will be a feast for the mind and the senses.