Flag Commission

Larry Achiampong: Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers' Alliance

25 Jul 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
New Wing Reception

A new artwork by Somerset House Studios artist Larry Achiampong.

After a number of months successfully flying above the South Wing of Somerset House, this artwork and the Somerset House flag pole were both blown over by high winds in early January 2018. Therefore for the month of February the flag is instead on display indoors in the New Wing above reception while the South Wing flag pole is in the process of being replaced.

The design features 54 stars representative of the 54 countries of Africa, whilst the colour green reflects its land, black its people and red is a reminder of the struggles the continent has endured. The field of yellow gold presents a new day and prosperity. Achiampong has configured these Pan African colours and symbols into a form suggestive of a human figure in flight; an Afrofuturistic icon moving towards unity and equilibrium.

This artwork is a commission by Somerset House and an extension of Achiampong’s new multidisciplinary science-fiction project based around his character of the Relic Traveller, a Pan African Unionist of the future whose quest is the collection of fragmented data that has been strewn across the planet that relates to lost African history – especially that which connects the African diaspora.

Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanian artist whose practice employs iconography, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas of cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong was one of the first residents to join Somerset House Studios, Somerset House’s artist workspace, on its launch in 2016.

Film: Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers' Alliance