'Finding Fanon Trilogy' is a series of three films by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy; 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 films, the two artists negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and the post-colonial, and how these societal issues affect their relationship.
‘FF Gaiden’, is a series of works, where Larry Achiampong & David Blandy have used the virtual space of the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 in collaboration with various groups, such as paperless migrants at Mennisker i Limbo (People in Limbo), in Oslo; Tyneside Cinema's young digital group, The Factory; and with a group of veterans in prison and family members at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool.
The word ‘gaiden’ is Japanese for a ‘side story’, and in the digital gaming world is used to describe a spin-off of an existing gameworld.
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Larry Achiampong (b. 1984) & David Blandy’s (b. 1976) work has been shown both within the UK and abroad including Tate Modern, London; The Baltic, Gateshead; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefied; Fact, Liverpool; BFI London Film Festival, London; Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany & Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas, USA. They have been on residencies at Praksis, Oslo in Norway & Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. Recent awards include an Elephant Trust award and support from Arts Council England.
They have been shortlisted for the Film London Jarman award 2018. Larry Achiampong is represented by Copperfield Gallery, London & David Blandy is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London.