Four Short Films
Larry Achiampong (GHANA + UK)
David Blandy (UK)
Fri 28 Oct 2016
20:30 // 60mins // £5 Part of SPILL Passes
FINDING FANON (PART 1) + FINDING FANON (PART 2) + SUNDAY’S BEST + HERCULES: ROUGH CUT
Finding Fanon is a series of works by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy; inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation.
Achiampong’s Sunday’s Best highlights the shifts and mutations of traditions and language that are birthed as a result of colonisation, and how they affect people today. In particular, the relationship between Christian imperialism and its impact on the Ashanti tribe.
In Hercules: Rough Cut Blandy draws on Bloomberg’s vast archive of global financial news footage to mine the Roman version of the Greek Heracles and a series of stories rife with internal contradictions and gathered from multiple sources that have inspired artists and writers through time.
Larry Achiampong’s practice employs imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas of cross-cultural and post-digital identity.
David Blandy’s work highlights our relationship with popular culture and investigates our relationship with the narratives that surround and shape us, to find what forms the contemporary collective unconscious.
In their collaborative practice Achiampong and Blandy examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate the self as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves.
- Director/s – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
- Voiceover – Hayleigh Joy Rose
- Camera – Claire Barrett
- Script – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
- Soundtrack – Larry Achiampong