Larry Achiampong, 'Reliquary 2: A Letter of 4 Chapters', 2021
Norman has a reputation for bringing new talent to the fore. This group show is titled ‘London Zeitgeist’ -- a reference to his 1982 show -- and that aims to capture the spirit of the now, circa 2021. Who else from your contemporaries would you also include as part of this spirit?
I really personally hate, you know, creating lists because I you know I’m not really sure how that really helps the conversation of sorts. I think, you know, inspiration or the consideration of peers or people who influence or are influencing will always be different from one person to another. But if I were to talk let’s say more positively about the practices of artists whom I admire that would include Imran Perretta, Beverly Bennett, Alida Rodrigues, Damien Roach, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Zinzi Minott, Aida Amoako, Evan Ifekoya, Shiraz Bayjoo.
Larry Achiampong: Videogame_mixtape_Vol.1, 2020
Listen to an exclusive mixtape by Larry Achiampong, collaging fragments of video game soundtracks through history.
The mixtape represents the first time Achiampong has taken the foray in arranging musical tracks from the vaults of videogame history. Videogames represent a big part of the artist's life, not just in terms of references within Larry's practice as an artist and musician, but especially as a personal hobby. Each of the tracks come from the decades of the 80s, 90s and 00s, presenting unique textures, vibes and technological possibilities of said moments.
Hollow Knight is one of Larry Achiampong's favourite video games. It is a 2D Metroidvania action-adventure game, that takes place in Hallownest, a fictional ancient kingdom. The player controls an insect-like, silent, and nameless knight while exploring the underground world. The knight wields a nail, which is a type of sword, used both in combat and environmental interaction.