Somerset House Flag Commission
In the first of a new series of flag commissions by artists responding to the cultural programme at Somerset House, Larry Achiampong’s commission explores Afro-futurism and African diasporic identity. Its design represents 54 stars for the 54 African countries, with a symbolic colour palette including green reflecting the land and red as a reminder of the struggles that the continent has endured. The yellow gold represents a new day and prosperity with the black circle placed as an equilibrium in which all states strive together for unity. The flag is 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. The flag will remain in-situ until 31 January 2018.
Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) was one of the first residents to join Somerset House Studios in October 2016. His 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. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects at Tate, London; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel; The Institute for Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago and the Diaspora Pavilion, the 57th edition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice.