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Larry Achiampong, ‘Wayfinder’ (2022), at Aberdeen Art Gallery

Part of Aberdeen Programme

26 November 2022
2—4pm

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ
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Larry Achiampong, ‘Wayfinder’, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Verve Pictures.

We are excited to present a screening of Larry Achiampong’s Wayfinder’ (2022) at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Please join Rachel Grant (Project Manager Aberdeen Programme, LUX Scotland) and Phoebe Banks (Programme Assistant, Aberdeen Programme, LUX Scotland) for an informal chat and refreshments after the screening. The event will take place in the Seminar room on level 2 of the gallery.

This public screening event is part of a wider professional development programme by LUX Scotland for early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme includes workshops, screening and discussion events and is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

About the work

Larry Achiampong, Wayfinder’, (2022). 84 mins

Wayfinder’ is Larry Achiampong’s first feature length film about class and economic exclusion, cultural heritage and the meaning of home in pandemic stricken England. It follows the Wanderer, a young girl played by Perside Rodrigues who travels from the north of England to the south, passing through different regions, towns and landscapes finding herself in a series of poignant encounters with people, stories, songs and situations along the way.

Across six chapters, including The North’, The Big Smoke’ and The Kingdom of the East’, the Wanderer acts as a witness to places, histories, accounts and conversations; from a housing estate in Wellingborough to the Turner wing of the National Gallery. Reckoning with an England of today, she bears witness to accounts of alienation, its inequality, and contradictions. Drawing on a diverse range of references from video games, landscape painting, sci-fi and folk song, the work navigates a fictional journey, rooted in reality. Addressing an unreconciled history of empire and inequality, Wayfinderasks: who is allowed to feel that they belong?

The film’s cast includes former athlete Anita Neil OLY, Britain’s first Black female Olympian, Musician and Artist Mataio Austin Dean (The Griot), and a trippy dialogue-driven scene (set within East London Café E. Pellicci in Bethnal Green) portrayed by Maa Afua and Russell Tovey among others.

Wayfinder’(2022) first debuted as part of his first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate. The work was originally commissioned by Turner Contemporary with MK Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary.

Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist working in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. His solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, sound and live performance to explore relationships of class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. With works that draw on popular culture and his communal and personal heritage – 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 socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.

He has presented projects within the UK and abroad including Westminster Station, Tate Britain/​Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London and the 2019 Venice and Singapore Biennales. He was a 2018 Jarman Award nominated artist; a 2019 Paul Hamlyn Award recipient for Visual Arts and in 2020 received the Stanley Picker Fellowship along with artist Dani Amiss. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and is represented by Copperfield, London.

Image description: A young girl in a large bright red waterproof anorak sits in a wild field surrounded by tall green grass and small pink flowers. Behind her, a stone wall, and she is holding a pink mask.

Venue Access The screening will take place in the Seminar room, on level 2. For information on accessibility at Aberdeen Art Gallery, please visit their website. Learn More

Closed Captions The film contains SDH subtitles and sound descriptions.

Partners

The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Aberdeen City Council

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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