Larry Achiampong
Former Somerset House Studios resident

Larry Achiampong

Multi-media artist exploring cross-cultural and post-digital identity

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas of cross-cultural and post-digital identity – in particular, dichotomies found within a world dominated by Facebook/Tumblr/Wikipedia/YouTube-based cultures.

Ph03nix_Rising, Larry Achiampong
Ph03nix_Rising, Larry Achiampong, Somerset House Studios

Larry has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; Hauptbahnhof (dOCUMENTA 13), Kassel; The British Film Institute, London; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; and The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.

"The series is a moving odyssey"

Stephanie Bailey review of 'Still (the) Barbarians'

With the enduring expansion and sharing of information via the Internet, the idea of a conservative version of history, as previously dictated, continues to be eradicated. At the heart of this phenomenon lies Larry’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’.

Whilst in residence, Larry is researching the mutations of traditions and language that are birthed as a result of colonisation, and how they affect people today. In particular, the relationship with Christian imperialism and its impact on his tribe - The Ashanti.