FINDING FANON bY LARRY ACHIAMPONG & DAVID BLANDY
The Finding Fanon series 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. Throughout the series, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these societal issues affect our relationship amidst an age of new technology, popular culture and globalisation.
Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy work collaboratively and 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. Over four years, their research has evolved into a body of work including digital imagery, exhibitions, performance and video.
Lives and works in London, UK
Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist
who has exhibited, performed and presented
projects in various institutions within the UK
and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern,
London; Hauptbahnhof (Documenta 13),
Kassel; Iniva, London; ICA, London; Yinka
Shonibare’s Guest Project Space, London;
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam; Ausland,
Berlin and the Bokoor African Popular Music
Archives Foundation, Accra.
Lives and works in Brighton and London, UK
David Blandy has exhibited at venues
nationally and worldwide such as Bloomberg
Space, London; Kiasma Contemporary Art
Museum, Helsinki; The Baltic, Gateshead;
Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island,
Bristol; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; PS1,
New York and Museum of Contemporary Art,
Shanghai, China. Represented by Seventeen, London. www.seventeengallery.com. His films are distributed through LUX.
LINKS TO VIDEOS & TEXTS:
Short interview & highlights in French on 'Culture Box', 'Finding Fanon Part One' was shown as part of "The Vanishing Point of History: L’Été photographique de Lectoure", Centre d'art et photographie de Lectoure, France. Curated by Catsou Roberts
'MEDIA MINERALS', LARRY ACHIAMPONG & DAVID BLANDY; DOLPH PROJECTS, LONDON, MAY 2015
'Media Minerals' took the raw materials of the duo's 'Finding Fanon' film into a space, presenting everything but the ‘final work’. They collected hundreds of images, built thousands of words of writing, and generated hours of audio, all of which were whittled down to less than a hundred images, a soundtrack to accompany the 15-minute film and 900 words in the script.
Several films inspired the final edit: a brainwashing scene from the 70’s conspiracy thriller, Parallax View; a montage from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled; the voiceover and low-fi sci-fi of Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Sans Soleil; and John Akomfrah’s Portrait of Professor Stuart Hall in The Stuart Hall Project.
Through all of this they are seeking to decipher a shared history, a turbulent saga in many ways, and also attempting to envisage a future. Not by the erasure of history’s events, but through some tentative form of understanding.