Larry Achiamong & David Blandy
"Finding Fanon: Sequence"
Finding Fanon: Sequence is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation.
In the work, the two artists negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and the postcolonial, and how these societal issues affect their relationship.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
In Larry Achiampong & David Blandy’s collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the postcolonial 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’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and postdigital 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 sociopolitical contradictions in contemporary society.
Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist who has exhibited, performed and presented projects in various institutions within the UK and abroad including The Diaspora Pavilion, Venice; The Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Tate Britain/Modern, London, UK; Hauptbahnhof (Documenta13), Kassel, Germany; Iniva, London, UK; ICA, London, UK; Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Project Space, London, UK; Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ausland, Berlin, Germany; and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra, Ghana. www.larryachiampong.co.uk
David Blandy works with the image in the digital world, from the YouTube tutorial and music videos, to television series, anime and the narrative sections of computer games; highlighting our relationship with popular culture, and investigating what makes us who we are. Within each work he deconstructs the form, placing himself as the alienated subject in a prefabricated cultural archetype. Through this process, Blandy questions our relationship with the narratives that surround and shape us, to find what forms the contemporary collective unconscious.
David Blandy has exhibited at venues nationally and worldwide such as Tate Modern, London; The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; The Baltic, Gateshead; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. He is represented by Seventeen Gallery and his films are distributed by LUX. www.davidblandy.co.uk
Nkisi alias Melika Ngombe Kolongo is a Dj, producer, co-founder of NON Worldwide (common project of African and African diasporic artists) & a NON-citizen. Her passion and interests in rhythm as a vehicle for information exchange and prognostics are at the core of her compositions and Dj-sets; which she utilises as a way to include other cosmologies and ways of thinking into her work. She has a monthly show on NTS and recently released ‘The Dark Orchestra’ on Arcola.
Throughout Scratcha DVA's career he’s been immune to easy genre definitions, as a producer who has cut a joyful path through dance music, joining the dots between trends and styles into his colourful productions. A Hyperdub mainstay, Scratcha has been with the label since 2010, and his most recent release was his acclaimed album NOTU_URONLINEU at the end of 2016. Scratcha is also the founder of his own label DVA music. His most recent work has been the self released DRMTRK EP series, that uniquely blends grime and South African gqom music is available on bandcamp here https://scratchadva.bandcamp.com/album/drmtrk-ep / https://scratchadva.bandcamp.com/album/drmtrk-ep-ii
CKtrl is a multi instrumentalist, singer and producer based in Lewisham, with 6 official and independent releases. He hosts a radio show on NTS called Songs 4 Girls, which shares the same name as the non-profit record label he founded in 2018.
As well as organising regular fundraisers for his community and beyond, for example his recent project Fruits for the Yutes which raised money to put towards fruit and educational supplies for children in Jamaica, Cktrl is also a resident DJ at popular London based club night for black/queer bodies, Body Party, as well as having Dj'd alongside Dean Blunt and Mykki Blanco.