Necessary Journeys



Through a series of departures and returns, artists have occasionally deployed the recurring motifs of the journey: exploration, discovery, revelation and transformation. This strategy has allowed them to critically navigate the global spaces of displacement and diaspora, and the high anxiety of belonging.

Focusing on the formation of new perspectives through an extensive range of artistic journeys, this symposium explores some of the current concerns facing artists working on and across the borders of art, moving image and time-based practice. Within this moment of extensive mobility and migration, artists come together to consider how being elsewhere might, like alchemy, transform the practice of art.

Produced by Arts Council England, the Necessary Journeys arts initiative takes its cue from the bfi’s Black World project, and explores the diverse ways in which art connects with film and the moving image. Participants include Ricardo Basbaum, Caryl Phillips, Harold Offeh, Jonzi D, Jen Harvie, Rene Gabri, Ayreen Anastas, Tirdad Zolghadr, Irit Rogoff, Jackie Kay, Keith Piper, susan pui san lok and Kodwo Eshun.


Keith Piper, Ghosting the Archive, 2005. Courtesy the artist.