Larry Achiampong – Ain’t No Place Like Home
British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong presents a syncretic mixed-media installation exploring the dynamics of religion and domesticity within African diasporic communities living in the global West. With Holy Cloud, the artist highlights the peculiarity in the pervasive representation of Jesus in contemporary African society; pale skin and European features ¬— an aftereffect of slavery and colonisation on the African continent. The remixed family photos of his Glyth series contrasts familial intimacy with pious imagery dominated by white bodies.
Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, oral and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. His works examine his communal and personal heritage ¬— in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, using performance to investigate ‘the self’ as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at the divided selves.