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Larry Achiampong
Relic 1

The Chapel, King's College

13 - 15 October 2017


In a seemingly desolate United Kingdom, a child-like protagonist apparates across the landscape, uncovering fragments of data that bear testimony to a forgotten Empire. Informed by technology, agency of the body, and narratives of migration, Relic 1 invites its audience on a journey consisting of moments that are simultaneously claustrophobic, traumatic, poetic and sublime. These constructed and yet familiar feelings of otherness embody situations of colonial hysteria. Relic 1 is part of Relic Traveller, Achiampong’s on-going multi-disciplinary project, which also includes PAN AFRICAN FLAG FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE hoisted atop Somerset House in 2017.

Part of the King’s College Arts and Humanities Festival 2017


Images: Larry Achimapong, Relic 1, 2017. Still from film. Commissioned by PS/Y for Hysteria

Install photos by Sue Parkhill