Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong, Pan African Flag For The Relic Travellers' Alliance (Ascension), 2017. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

Larry Achiampong, Relic 2, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

Larry Achiampong, Sunday’s Best, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

Larry Achiampong, Pan African Flag For The Relic Travellers' Alliance (Ascension), 2017. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. 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. Drawing on his Ghanaian roots, his works examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between the postcolonial position and pop culture. Through his performances, he investigates ‘the self’ as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at divided selves. Recent exhibitions and commissions include Art on the Underground, UK (2019); Somerset House, UK (2019/2018); Diaspora Pavilion: 57th Venice Biennale, Italy (2017); and Tate Britain/Modern, UK (2013/2010).

Project Description

Larry Achiampong presents a series of Pan-African flags on buildings and streets across Liverpool city centre. Featuring 54 stars that represent the 54 countries of Africa, the flags evoke solidarity and collective empathy – while their locations speak to Liverpool’s connection with the enslavement of West Africans as part of the transatlantic slave trade. The colours of the flags reflect Pan-African symbolism: green, black and red represent Africa’s land, people and the struggles the continent has endured respectively, while yellow-gold represents a new dawn and prosperity. Achiampong has configured these colours into forms that are suggestive of community, motion and the human figure in ascension. For Liverpool Biennial 2021, four of the artist’s flags from his original series will be shown as well as four new flag designs which have not previously been exhibited.

Supported by The African Arts Trust.