FINDING FANON, 2017
AN EXPLORATION OF RACE, IDENTITY AND GLOBALISATION BY LARRY ACHIAMPONG AND DAVID BLANDY
Project: "Finding Fanon"
Artwork: "Finding Fanon Trilogy" (2015-2017, video), "Finding Fanon Sequence" (2017, music LP)
Artists: Larry Achiampong, David Blandy
Presented in a curated programme by Lighthouse.
ABOUT THE WORK
VIDEO: FINDING FANON TRILOGY
In the film trilogy, Achiampong and Blandy examine the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these issues affect their relationship to each other. Their conflict is played out through scripts that meld found texts and personal testimony. Navigating hidden and traumatic stories that connect the past, present and future, Finding Fanon questions the promise of globalisation, becoming a search for authenticity in a radically interconnected yet ambiguous world.
VINYL PROJECT: FINDING FANON SEQUENCE
Larry Achiampong has been working with audio for the past ten years, and has produced three vinyl records that traverse the art gallery, online, archival and domestic contexts using originally built scores, sampled audio and field recordings. In Finding Fanon Sequence Achiampong and Blandy have collected a number of the collaborative synth-based compositions from the Finding Fanon films, interspersed with segments of the narrative, creating an audio version of the Finding Fanon series. This is being launched at Lighthouse as a 300 limited-edition run gatefold double LP, pressed as a two-tone black and white vinyl.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
In Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the decolonial position. They examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate the self as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves.
Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist who has exhibited, performed and presented projects in various institutions within the UK and worldwide including The Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale; Tate Britain/Modern, and ICA, London; and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra, Ghana. Achiampong has been working with audio for the past ten years combining original scores, sampled audio and field recordings.
David Blandy has exhibited at venues nationally and worldwide such as Tate Modern, London; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. Blandy was Lighthouse’s Artist-in-Residence for Brighton Science Festival in 2013.