Larry Achiampong (b. 1984) and David Blandy (b. 1976) live and work in London and Brighton. Through their collaborative practice they share an interest in popular culture and the post-colonial position. They examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate the self as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves. Achiampong & Blandy's main body of work, The Finding Fanon Series, is 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. Throughout the series, Achiampong & Blandy negotiate Fanon's ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these societal issues affect our relationship within an age of new technology, popular culture and globalisation.
Recent exhibitions include Tate Modern, London; The Baltic, Gateshead; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; FACT, Liverpool; BFI London Film Festival, London; Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas, USA. They have been on residencies at Praksis, Oslo in Norway & Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. Recent awards include an Elephant Trust award and support from Arts Council England. Achiampong is represented by Copperfield Gallery, London and Blandy is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London.
Video: Finding Fanon Part Three, 2016-17 (excerpt)