Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity – in particular, dichotomies found within a world dominated by social media and digital frameworks.
With the enduring expansion and sharing of information via the Internet, the idea of a one-size-fits-all version of history, or the reliance on printed and televised media as previously dictated, continues to be eradicated. Whilst at the same time the floodgates for ‘fake news’ and disinformation is increasingly becoming a mainstay in modern media.
At the heart of this phenomenon lies Achiampong’s increased interest in what new truths or versions become available, the multiple possibilities that are created and maintained in the digital realm and the consequences related to ‘IRL’ or ‘In Real Life’. In this essence Achiampong’s practice involves the act of crate-digging the vaults of history, splicing audible and visual qualities of the personal and interpersonal archive-as-material - offering multiple dispositions that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.
Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; and Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago.
Achiampong’s recent residencies include Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Praksis, Oslo; The British Library/Sound & Music, London; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. He’s currently artist in residence at Somerset House Studios (London) and is a current recipient of the Artist’s Bursary Scheme with Artsadmin (London). Achiampong will be presenting artwork in the Diaspora Pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster (2005) and an MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art (2008). He lives and works in London.