Artist Larry Achiampong discusses his work Detention, part of 'The Normal' at Talbot Rice, as well as his broader practice.
'Detention (Series)', 2016-ongoing, sits alongside Larry Achiampong’s critical practice, drawing upon his position as a British-Ghanaian artist to question racial hierarchies and the emergence of colonial legacies. Taking the form of old teaching blackboards, this series was developed further for The Normal – resonating with the sometimes empowering and sometimes dangerous echo chamber of social media during lockdown – putting senior figures from the University of Edinburgh in detention. Offering time for critical reflection, the pointed and repeated lines speak of white privilege, cultural appropriation and the complexity of representing political movements like Black Lives Matter. In this talk, Achaimpong will discuss the development of this work, his broader practice and – in the context of these subjects – what lessons still have to be learnt.