British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong is known for his speculative practice, revisiting the history of colonisation using science fiction. He embraces Afrofuturism, a philosophy and cultural aesthetic which deals with the African diaspora, technological development and notions of the future. ‘Relic Traveller’ is an ongoing multi-disciplinary project about the fictitious Relic Travellers’ Alliance from the African Union.
THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (ASCENSION) is a flag Achiampong designed for the Relic Travellers’ Alliance. It features 54 stars that represent the 54 countries of Africa. Relic 3 recounts the journey of a time traveller who uncovers new testimony from a migrant worker, against the haunting backdrop of post-Brexit United Kingdom.
Image courtesy of the Artist and Copperfield, London
Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, London, UK) is a British-Ghanaian artist. His solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class and cross-cultural and post-digital identity. His works examine his communal and personal heritage, in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the post-colonial position. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects widely, including: Tate Britain and Modern (London), The Institute for Creative Arts (Cape Town), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen) and the ‘Diaspora Pavilion’ at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). Achiampong completed a BA at the University of Westminster in 2005, and an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. He lives and works in London, UK.