Kehinde Wiley: 'Ship of Fools' goes on display at The Box, Plymouth In collaboration with The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
The three-channel digital film projection 'The Ship of Fools' (Narrenschiff) by Kehinde Wiley joined The Box, Plymouth's collection in 2018 thanks to the Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze. Wiley’s film is a portrait of a group of black men at sea, struggling to reach the land – a metaphor for both historical and contemporary histories of migration. The film, which features an original score by composer Maxim Budnick, is narrated by acclaimed actress CCH Pounder.
The film is titled after the 15th Century book of the same title by the German theologian Sebastian Brant. This book satirized politicians, clerics and other well-known or influential people and was a huge success of the time, narrating the story of a crew of fools lost at sea. For its first museum presentation, The Box is delighted to accompany the video installation with the book, which is part of The Box’s Cottonian Collection.