In addition to the presentation of Larry Achiampong’s Relic series of short films presented in the PHI Foundation’s gallery spaces, the Relic series is also made available for online viewing on specific dates through the Explore section of our website.
Taking place in different places and landscapes around the world, these films invite us to accompany the Relic Travellers as they listen to, collect, and care for the traces, stories, and testimonies of ancestors of the African diaspora.
Online Film Schedule
October 1—5 and December 3—5:
• Relic 0 (2017) 10 min 10 s
• Relic 1 (2017) 14 min 12 s
• Relic 2 (2019) 10 min 50 s
• Relic 3 (2019) 12 min 34 s
Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance, and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural, and post-digital identity. With works that examine his communal and personal heritage—in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position—Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of “the self” by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched sociopolitical contradictions in contemporary society.
Achiampong completed a bachelor’s degree in mixed-media fine art at the University of Westminster in 2005, and a master’s in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2020, he was awarded a fellowship by the Stanley Picker Gallery in London, and received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award in recognition of his artistic practice in 2019. He lives and works in Essex and was a tutor with the photography master’s program at the Royal College of Art between 2016 and 2021. He was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2021. Achiampong currently serves on the board of trustees at Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts), facilitating the formation of art policy in the UK and internationally. He also holds a seat on the board of trustees of the Elephant Trust. Achiampong is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D.
More Events at PHI
May 3 → January 7
The immersive experience Space Explorers: THE INFINITE, presented in the Old Port, is back in Montreal featuring new captivating content captured in space
August 1 → January 7
An immersive exhibition that explores the connections between sexuality and technology
December 7, January 18, February 8 and March 7
The PHI Foundation invites you to participate in a guided tour led by our team of educators in order to discover the exhibition JOUEZ/PLAY by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.