Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, London) is an artist that employs film, still imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance, objects and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, gender, cross-cultural and digital identity. With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between popular culture and the residues of colonisation, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ through the activity of splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal the deeply entrenched inequalities in contemporary society.

Achiampong holds a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art from University of Westminster (2005) and an MA in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art (2008).

Solo exhibitions and commissions include ‘A Letter, A Pledge’, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London (2024); Frieze, London (2023); ‘And I saw a new heaven’, Copperfield, London (2023); ‘WayFinder: Larry Achiampong and JMW Turner’, Turner Contemporary, Margate(2022), MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2022), BALTIC, Newcastle (2023); Permanent installation - Art on the Underground Commission for TfL Westminster, London (2022); ‘Relic Traveller: Where You and I Come From, We Know That We Are Not Here Forever’, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal (2021); Frieze, London (2020); ‘When the Sky Falls’, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2020); Art on the Underground Commission for TfL Westminster, London (2019); ‘Get Up, Stand Up NOW’, Somerset House, London (2019); Pan African Flag for The Relic Travellers Alliance & Relic Traveller, Phase 1, 019, Ghent, Belgium (2019); ‘Still Here’, Museum of The African Diaspora, San Francisco (2019);‘Relic Traveller – Sank0fa, 3-Phase’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2018); ‘Ain’t No Place Like Home’, 1-54, Somerset House, London (2018); ‘Pixel Perpetual’, StudioRCA A---Z Projects, London (2018); ‘Longplayer Legacies’, Lighthouse, Brighton (2018);‘Sunday’s Best’, Copperfield, London (2017); ‘OPEN SEASON’, Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago (2016).

Achiampong has been awarded the The Stanley Picker Fellowship, Kingston University, London (2020, 2023); The Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Award for Artists: Visual Arts, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London (2019); and was nominated for a BAFTA (2022) and The Film London Jarman Award, Film London Artists Moving Image Network, London (2021) and Achiampong has completed artist residencies at Smithfield Public Realm, The City of London Corporation & Hawkins\Brown, London (2020 - 2021); Baker’s Arms Artist Residency, Waltham Forest Council, London (2019); Work in Common, Primary, London (2017); Somerset House Studios Resident Programme, Somerset House, London (2016 - 2020); Embedded Programme, British Library/Sound and Music, London, UK (2015 - 2016)​.

Larry Achiampong is represented by Copperfield Gallery. 

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