e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon 2 | Part One — Simulations and (Hyper)Reality
Tuesday, February 9—Monday, February 22, 2021

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon 2 (still)2015


Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s Finding Fanon 2 (2015), on view from Tuesday, February 9 through Monday, February 22, 2021.

Finding Fanon 2 collides arthouse cinema with digital culture’s Machinima, resulting in a work that explores the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment—the Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game video editor. The work pursues multiple storylines, including how the artists’ familial histories relate to colonial history, an examination of how their relationship is formed through the virtual space, and thoughts on the implications of the post-human condition. The Finding Fanon series is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice addressed the psychopathology of colonization and the social and cultural consequences of decolonization. Throughout the series, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism, and decolonization, and how these societal issues affect our relationships amidst an age of new technology, popular culture, and globalization.

Finding Fanon 2 is presented here as one of five films in Part One | Simulations and (Hyper)Reality, the first of five programs in the online film and video series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artist’s Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artist’s Films runs from February 9 through April 20, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, live performance, sound, and aural and visual archives to explore ideas surrounding class, and cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history with works that examine his personal and communal heritage which lie at the intersection of pop culture and the postcolonial position. Achiampong has exhibited, performed, and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and the 2019 Venice and Singapore Biennales. He lives and works in Essex and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts.) Achiampong is represented by Copperfield, London.

David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into cultural forces that inform and influence him. They range from his love of hip-hop and soul, to computer games and manga. With works that range from performance to video, reality to construct, Blandy uses references sampled from wide and disparate sources that inform his (and our own) individualist sense of self. His work has been shown at numerous institutions including Tate, London; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; INIVA, London; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Spike Island, Bristol; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Serpentine Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Modern Art Oxford; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. He is also one half of a collaborative practise with Larry Achiampong. Their recent work focuses on the writing of Frantz Fanon, and on race and identity in an age of avatars, video games, and DNA ancestry testing.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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