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Artists' Talk: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy
Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy are joined by film critic Ashley Clark and independent curator Emma MacNicol to discuss their latest film, A Lament for Power. Together they will expand on the ideas and inspiration behind Art Exchange's latest commission.

Oct 27, 2020 06:00 PM in London

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Larry Achiampong
Larry 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. With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society. Larry has exhibited internationally including Frieze, London (2020), 'Get Up Stand Up Now', Somerset House, London (2019), 'The Grid', Seventeen and Copperfield, London (2019), Genetic Automita, Art Catalyst, London (2019), the 'Diaspora Pavilion', Venice Biennale (2017), 'Finding Fanon', Tate Modern (2016), and Institute for Creative Arts, Cape Town South Africa (2015). He is represented by Copperfield Gallery, London.
David Blandy
David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that inform and influence him, ranging from a love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga. His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the wide, disparate sources that provide his (and our own) individualist sense of self. David exhibits internationally, including Frieze, London (2020), ‘How to Fly/How to Live’ John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2020), 'The World After' Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2019), The Grid at Copperfield and Seventeen, London (2019), Genetic Automita, Art Catalyst, London (2019), 'Hello World' at the Art Tower Mito, Tokyo, Japan and Kiasma Contemporary Art Musuem, Helsinki, Finland (2017) and 'Finding Fanon' at Tate Modern (2016). He is represented by Seventeen. Along with collaborative artist Larry Achiampong, David Blandy was shortlisted for the Film London Jerwood Award (2018).
Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark is a film critic, broadcast journalist and director of Film Programming at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York. In 2019 he was named in Screen International’s Future Leaders list of programmers as one to watch. His programming includes ‘Black Star’ at the British Film Institute 2016-17, a major film season dedicated to exploring the range, versatility and power of black actors; co-programmer of ‘Marking Faces on Film’ (MOMA, New York 2017); ‘Neither/Nor: Black Audio Film Collective, 1980s – 1990s’ (True/False 2018), ‘Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film’ (BAM cinematek 2015) and ‘Inside Afrofuturism’ (BFI Southbank 2014). Ashley Clark has written extensively, including his book ‘Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled’ (2015) and contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Sight & Sound and Village Voice, alongside being a regular contributor to the BBC Film Show and Radio 4’s Front Row.