Larry Achiampong, Beyond the Substrata, 4K Video (still), 2020 Commissioned by London Borough of Waltham Forest. © Larry Achiampong. Courtesy of the Artist and Copperfield London.
I Multiply Each Day
Larry Achiampong (UK / Ghana), Christopher Ulutupu (Sāmoa / Niue / Germany), Michelle Williams Gamaker (UK)
The Booth: Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā)
I Multiply Each Day is a mantra taken from the opening lines of Larry Achiampong’s seminal film Beyond the Substrata (2020) —a prophetic call to arms that dissects the socio-political threads of race, class, gender and gentrification.
As asked in the film, ‘What’s the value of a myth if you’re crushed by it? What’s the point of the fight if we’re the only ones to feel the pain?’
I Multiply Each Day brings together an intimate grouping of leading international artists who each examine histories of migration from a contemporary standpoint. Through moving image, the artists employ their own form of fictional activism to tell stories pertinent to de-colonising narratives that, while personal, invite the spectator to consider their role in these accounts.
An exhibition dedicated to artists working in moving image, I Multiply Each Day features a major new commission by Christopher Ulutupu and premieres Michelle Williams Gamaker’s film trilogy Dissolution in a public gallery worldwide. The exhibition also features artists whose work has been recognised by the prestigious Jarman Award. Larry Achiampong is currently nominated for the 2021 prize with his film Beyond the Substrata and Michelle Williams Gamaker jointly won the award in 2020 with her film House of Women. The Film London Jarman Award is an annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working in moving image and is inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman.
Alongside the exhibition I Multiply Each Day, Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Emily Parr will exhibit newly conceived artwork in Gus Fisher Gallery’s site-specific space The Booth. Find out more about projects in The Booth here.