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Larry Achiampong is creating 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 it will be hosted on The Line’s website so that it can be accessed anywhere in the world.   

Larry Achiampong’s work, Sankofais the first in a new series of audio works titled Listen to The Line.  Achiampong will build on the artist’s concept of sanko-time, a theory at the core of his recent practice.  Sanko-time, based in the Ashanti word ‘sanfoka’ – roughly translates as to go back for what has been left behind. ‘Sankofa’ also alludes to using the past to prepare for the future.  

Achiampong will explore 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.  Sankofa will investigate 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 Sankofa. 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. 

For more information, visit his artist page.  

Images:

1. Larry Achiampong, Relic 3, 4K Video still, 2019 © 2019 Larry Achiampong. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London
2. Larry Achiampong, ‘Sunday’s Best’, 2016. 4K Video (still), 14mins. Commissioned by Logan Centre Exhibitions Chicago © Larry Achiampong. Courtesy the artist and Copperfield, London

 

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