Discover one-on-one discussions about each artist’s work, between the curator and artists from RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. Here’s an interview with artist Larry Achiampong.
Drawing on his Ghanaian roots, 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 identities. With increased sharing of information via the Internet, the idea of a one-size-fits-all version of history continues to be challenged and rewritten. Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history, and splices the aural and visual qualities of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society. Achiampong’s works examine his communal and personal heritage—in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial situation, using performance to investigate “the self” as a fiction and devising alter-egos pointing toward divided selves.