Pan African Flags for the Relic Travellers’ Alliance: Larry Achiampong
To celebrate Larry Achiampong’s exhibition 'Wayfinder: Larry Achiampong' at Turner Contemporary, the Creative Isle Community Rail Partnership presents four of the artist’s 'Pan African Flags for the Relic Travellers' Alliance'.
The four flags highlight African diasporic identity. Designed in the Pan African colours, each flag features fifty-four stars that represent the fifty-four countries of Africa. The colour green represents its land, black its people and red the struggles the continent has endured. The field of yellow gold represents a new day and prosperity. This work does not seek to present a utopian vision of the African continent, but recognises the repercussions of colonialism on a contemporary Africa. An installation of Achiampong’s Relic Traveller project can be seen as part of his exhibition Wayfinder: Larry Achiampong at Turner Contemporary.
The flags are located at Margate and Ramsgate stations. At the remaining five stations in Thanet you can find a new poster series celebrating Achiampong’s new permanent artwork for Art on the Underground.
The Creative Isle Community Rail Partnership is a Turner Contemporary project in partnership with Thanet District Council and Southeastern. The project works to devise and commission artworks on and around the rail network in Thanet for and with the community.
The flags will be on display from 12th March – 19th June. Free exhibitions, Wayfinder: Larry Achiampong and JMW Turner curated by Larry Achiampong run concurrently at Turner Contemporary alongside a Gaming Room created with the artist.
Larry Achiampong (born 1984, London) works in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. Drawing on popular culture and his communal and personal heritage, his work explores post-colonial and post-digital identity, and the deeply entrenched inequalities in contemporary society.