Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Dolph Projects Gallery, 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.