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Larry Achiampong has created a new site-specific sound work that responds to the indelibility of the historical British Empire on the boroughs of Greenwich, Newham and Tower Hamlets and the connection between London and Accra on the Greenwich Meridian. The work is intended to accompany the journey across the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line cable car, however, as it is hosted on The Line’s website, it can be experienced anywhere in the world.

Larry Achiampong’s work, Sanko-timeis the first in a new series of audio works titled Listen to The Line.  Sanko-time is a concept developed by the artist that relates to the Ghanaian Twi word Sankofa, which roughly translates as ‘to go back for what has been left behind’ and alludes to using the past to prepare for the future.  

Achiampong explores the context and historical significance of the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, revealing poetry in the Meridian Line and the London waterways; a lifeblood that flows out to the sea and returns to the City.  Sanko-time investigates the importance of water and the human voice as well as the role of waterways in the historical slave trade and the construction of national identity. 

Larry Achiampong was selected from a shortlist of three artists based on his proposal Sanko-time. The panel included representatives from the Royal Docks, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Ravensbourne University and Emirates Air Line. The commission is funded by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. 

To listen to the audio work and for more information visit Larry Achiampong’s artist page.  

Images:

1. Larry Achiampong, What I Hear I Keep (commissioned by De La Warr Pavilion © 2020 Larry Achiampong. Courtesy of the Artist and Copperfield London)
2. Larry Achiampong, Relic 3, 4K Video still, 2019 © 2019 Larry Achiampong. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

 

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