Larry Achiampong: Wayfinder

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2023M
Publication Date 20 May 2023

Baltic presents the first major solo exhibition by British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong. Working in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance, Achiampong draws on his shared and personal heritage to explore class, gender, the intersection between popular culture and the residues of colonisation. His work examines digital identities and constructions of ‘the self’, offering multiple perspectives that reveal the deeply entrenched inequalities in our society.

The exhibition in our Level 3 gallery includes the commissioned feature-length film Wayfinder (2022) which follows a young girl’s intrepid journey across England, from Hadrian’s Wall in the North to Margate in the South, and the people and places she encounters. Set in a pandemic, Achiampong’s most ambitious film to date considers class and economic exclusion, belonging and displacement, cultural heritage and the meaning of home. Other works include the largest UK presentation of the artist’s multi-disciplinary Relic Traveller project (2017–ongoing) alongside sculpture, photographs, video and a gaming room on Level 2.

This exhibition has been organised by Turner Contemporary with MK Gallery and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The film Wayfinder has been commissioned by Turner Contemporary with MK Gallery and Baltic. This film about the exhibition was produced by Turner Contemporary.

Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Larry Achiampong
Keywords Social Inequality, Digital identity, Personal history, Heritage, Popular culture, Video Games, Class (concept), Race (concept), Gender, Colonisation, economic exclusion, Pandemic, Belonging, Displacement, Home (concept), flags, speculative future, Space travel
Related Event Larry Achiampong: Wayfinder (20 May – 29 Oct 2023)
Related Galleries BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Milton Keynes Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Margate

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