Sank0fa comes from the Twi words – San (return) – Ko (go) – Fa (look, seek and take) – and means to go back for what has been left behind or to use the past as a way to prepare for the future. Relic Traveller is a new multi-disciplinary project using performance, audio, moving image and prose. Taking place across various landscapes and locations, the project builds upon a postcolonial perspective informed by technology, agency and the body, and narratives of migration. The series builds upon core ideas in Larry Achiampong’s practice whilst taking new approaches, marrying linguistic threads and an original synth-based soundtrack with open cinematic landscapes.
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 identity.
With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.
Part of the unique development initiative 3-Phase, a partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation & WORKPLACE, Gateshead, these three solo shows are the finale of three exhibition moments, showcasing work by three artists over an 18 month period.
The exhibitions at Eastside Projects were preceded by group exhibitions at Jerwood Space (Nov-Dec 2017) and WORKPLACE (April-June 2018). 3-Phase offers a supported opportunity and critical platform for the artists to engage with three national organisations over an extended period during which time they have experimented and realised ambitious artistic visions.
The selected artists, each at pivotal moments in their career, have demonstrated a commitment to challenging and pushing the boundaries of traditional modes of exhibition making.