“The photo above is a combo of the two characters drawn by Durer - a piece from 1508 titled Head Of A Negro, done during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (little is known about the man in the drawing), and Portrait Of African Woman Catherine, done in 1521; these are likely the drawings Akomfrah will explore in his film.”
“But what I can share is a description of the film which reads:
A moving visualization of two characters drawn in the 16th century by Albrecht Dürer - a black male and female whose stories have been ‘lost to the winds of history’.
Albrecht Dürer was a German artist and mathematician of the 15th and 16th centuries, and is regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance, with a vast body of work that includes religious works, portraits and copper engravings. I wasn’t familiar, but became so after my initial post on this project.
And the word “Peripeteia” is defined as a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narratives.
Third, as the description of the project states, the story centers on a black man and woman whose stories have been “lost to the winds of history.”
So maybe Akomfrah is reviving that history in this film, ensuring the presence of people of African descent in European history during the Renaissance doesn’t go forgotten. Or maybe it’s something more abstract.”