Larry Achiampong

Larry AchiampongReaching into his own memory-bank of life in Dagenham as a child and coming-of-age into adulthood, the artist has created a new score, titled These Ends, that combines new audio compositions and prose with field recordings and audio samples of places that were familiar to where he lived in the early 2000s with his father.

Looking at both personal and communal heritage, through the lens of the landscape and life in the area, Achiampong’s investigations expose his and others lived realities of socio-economic deprivation, racism and abandonment during the new millennium. These Ends focuses on scenarios that form part of the script for Achiampong’s most ambitious film to date tentatively titled, Journey Home which will be presented at the artist’s first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary (Margate) in 2022.

With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.

Achiampong’s major on-going project titled ‘Relic Traveller’ is a multi-disciplinary multi-site project that builds on themes of lost testimony, fallen empire and displacement by deconstructing the architectures of colonialism.

About Larry Achiampong

Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2018). He completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2020 Achiampong was awarded the Stanley Picker fellow and in 2019 received the Paul Hamlyn Artist award in recognition for his practice. He lives and works in Essex, and has been a tutor on the Photography MA programme at Royal College of Art since 2016. Achiampong currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) facilitating art policies in the UK and internationally and also holds a place on the board of trustees for Elephant Trust and is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D.

Commissioned by Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund