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Out of Margin: A Transnational Perspective – Practice with Larry Achiampong

24 Apr 2024

Join us to collectively read and discuss texts that delves into Sanko-time, fiction and world-building.

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Wednesday 24th April 2024

  • Time

    5:30 pm - 7:30pm

  • RSVP

    Free but booking is essential!

  • Artists

    Larry Achiampong

    Jessica Wan

“I wanted to make stories for my kids and other black kids to see a future in which kids that look like them are travelling to space. – Larry Achiampong, Eurogamer, 2023.

Join us to collectively read and discuss texts that delve into Sanko-time*, fiction and world-building with artist Larry Achiampong.

In what ways could video games build radical spaces of imagination? How can we create new histories and subjectivities? Through these themes and questions, we will explore liberating forces for foraging narratives and imagined worlds that might be pitched against our present.

This reading group also involve a story-telling excerise. Participants are invited to bring an object that holds meaning to you and share the story related to this with others at the beginning of the session.

*The concept of ‘Sanko-time’ coined by Achiampong 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.

Reading materials will be shared with registered participants by email. Advance reading is not compulsory but highly encouraged to inspire our discussions.

Accessibility

If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate. Extracts of the texts will be provided on the day.

Biography

Larry Achiampong (b.1984, London) works in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. Achiampong’s works examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, using performance to investigate ‘the self’ as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at divided selves. Recent and upcoming projects include Manifesta 14, Prishtina, Kosovo (Balkans), soft and weak like water, 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (South Korea), Wayfinder, Turner Contemporary travelling exhibition at MK Gallery and BALTIC (UK), and Sixty Years: The Unfinished Conversation, Tate Britain, London (UK).

Jessica Wan is a curator and writer who works to rethink access from the perspectives of transnationalism, migration and feminist thought. Dedicated to exploring how knowledge and inhabitation is produced through fugitivity and entanglement, her research focuses on radical pedagogies and artistic practices that reflect on ecology, diaspora and collective study. She has lectured and facilitated workshops at the Chelsea College of Arts, Tate, INIVA and TrAIN.

Image: Larry Achiampong 'Mama's Bootleg Fight Club' (2023), Courtsey of The Artist, Copperfield London & DACS. Photo By Reece Straw