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
4 December 2021- 2 April 2022
Larry Achiampong (UK/Ghana), Christopher Ulutupu (Samoa/Niue/Germany), Michelle Williams Gamaker (UK)
I Multiply Each Day is a mantra taken from the opening lines of Larry Achiampong’s 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 three artists who each examine histories of migration from a contemporary standpoint. Through moving image, the artists tell stories pertinent to de-colonising narratives that, while personal, invite the spectator to consider their role in these accounts. Each artist employs a kind of ‘fictional activism’, a strategy first defined by Michelle Williams Gamaker and used in her practice to interrogate inequality in representation.
The exhibition features a major new commission by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington based artist Christopher Ulutupu and is the Aotearoa premiere of Williams Gamaker’s film trilogy Dissolution (2017-2019) and Achiampong’s Beyond the Substrata (2020).
Two of the exhibiting artists have been recognised by the Jarman Award which supports the most innovative UK-based artists working in moving image. Williams Gamaker jointly won the award in 2020 and Achiampong is a current nominee.