Larry Achiampong holds a BA in Mixed Media Art from the University of Westminster and an MA in Sculpture from Slade School of Art. His work explores notions of post-colonialism and cultural memory through sound, video, installation, performance, and archival materials. He recently launched the first phase of ‘Relic Traveller’, an ambitious multidisciplinary Afrofuturist project and speculative work that unravels clue like testimonies of the past (and future) to inform the potentials of a prosperous Pan-African continent independent from the global west.
One of four flags designed for the ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAG FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE’, ‘(ASCENSION)’ represents the 54 countries of Africa as stars with green, black and red reflecting the land, its people and the struggles they have endured. These colours are set against gold to celebrate a new dawn and prosperity. In a post-Brexit Britain and an increasingly anti-migrant geo-political context, the significance of a unifying emblem - which relates to nation and identity - is a poignant statement.
The Glyth series is a highly personal body of work, in which the artist uses images from his own family album. Their faces are replaced by black discs, rendering them anonymous and bereft of individuality. The red lips refer to racist stereotypes which have long-existed in British society and references the (mis)representation of blackness in popular culture.