Interview With Artist Larry Achiampong


Larry Achiampong, Pan African Flag, 2017. (Image courtesy of Somerset House)

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to speak with one of Somerset House Studio’s resident artists, Larry Achiampong, about his exciting new project, Pan African Flag, which will be flying proudly above Somerset House from 25 July to 31 January 2018. Achiampong’s Pan African Flag is part of a series of new commissions from Somerset House, and is in association with Achiampong’s The Relic Travellers’ Alliance performance on 5 October 2017. Achiampong’s work also coincides with the 1:54 Contemporary African Arts Fair at Somerset House this month. The flag represents the development of different mediums and artists that hold a shared interest in envisioning black futures, with an emphasis on afrodiasporic experiences and identity.


LT: In what ways does this flag sit within your wider body of work and practice?


LA: The flag launches a new multi-disciplinary project title