David Gryn / Artprojx

Diaspora @ The V&A feat Larry Achiampong

In Art Basel, Artprojx, David Gryn, Diaspora, Elliot Jack, Jack Arts, Larry Achiampong, Max Reinhardt., The Shrine, V&A, Victoria and Albert on 27/03/2015 at 2:32 pm
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Song for my Mama by Larry Achiampong

Diaspora @ The V&A 17/04/15
The Shrine & The V&A Present
Friday 17th April 2015
The V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
The Shrine Synchro System’s Musical Installations celebrate and animate the history of the struggle, splendour and success of black communities across the UK from the 1950’s to present day at The V&A.

Join the amazing Errollyn Wallen around a grand piano; fix up, look sharp at Faisal’s barbershop; exult in the Gospel of the promenading IDMC; hang out at Larry Achiampong’s African Soul Food Hot Spot [Artprojx] plus 21st Century street music from Lewis Floyd Henry’s One Man Psych Band.

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‘Song for my Mama’ by Larry Achiampong is a new multi-sensorial installation – meeting the aural, visual and gustatory senses in a memory – based artwork that retrospectively (re)visits, the Larry’s childhood and relationship with his mother and her efforts to single-handedly create a home of love and familiarity for her 3 children, whilst being surrounded by poverty and prejudice in east London between the 80s and 90s.

The work entails the artist playing multiple sets of records from his mother’s record collection upon the backdrop of a visual installation that memorises a sequence of events; the artist’s mother’s recipe and method for preparing a favourite West African dish – jollof rice, and the gathering of people at traditional Ghanaian events i.e. wakes and naming ceremonies.

Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist who has exhibited, performed and presented projects in various institutions within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern; London, Hauptbahnhof (dOCUMENTA 13); Kassel, Iniva; London, ICA; London, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Project Space; London Westergasfabriek; Amsterdam, Ausland; Berlin, Sound at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014 curated by David Gryn and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation; Accra.








A Statue is Present – The Cass School of Art and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

In artists, Artprojx, Cass, Caterina Berardi, curators, Daata Editions, Daniel Silver, David Gryn, Jack Parrott, Jérémie Magar, Mariaelena Soligo, Mikey Cook, RCP, Rebecca Edwards, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Travis Jeppesen, Whitechapel on 25/03/2015 at 9:52 am


A Statue is Present

Mikey Cook,Travis Jeppesen, Jérémie Magar, Daniel Silver

curated by

Caterina Berardi, Rebecca Edwards, Jack Parrott, Mariaelena Soligo

The Cass School of Art MA Curating the Contemporary


The Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

Exhibition dates: 9th April to 9th May 2015
Private View: Thursday 9th April 6-8pm

The Cass School of Art MA Curating the Contemporary students present their first exhibition in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists that draws on the history of Melancholy & Raving Madness, two XVIII Century Caius Ciber statues, to investigate improvements in the treatment of mental health through contemporary art. The show features newly commissioned multi-media works by Mikey Cook,Travis JeppesenJérémie Magar and Daniel Silver, which respond to the statues and bring back their presence under a new, positive meaning. Each works re-interpret the statues, once emblems of disturbed individuals, to testify the sociological process triggered by psychiatry: a radical change of attitude towards individuals suffering of a mental disorder.

The project is born under the initiative of David Gryn director of Artprojx, for The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

For the exhibition Daniel Silver recreates their presence in the form of two marble sculptures, a furthering of ideas on his extensive body of work where faces and expressions are scrutinised to form contemporary busts. Another remix of historical references into a contemporary context is the attention to detail which Mikey Cook employs in his installation assemblages of particularities based upon his extensive research process.

Travis Jeppesen’s monologues will form the basis of a sound piece where the fictional nature of the exhibition will come into play by giving the inanimate statues a voice and life beyond the confines of their collective histories. Asking questions of ‘normality’ in relation to the exposure and subsequent concealment of Melancholy & Raving Madness, Jérémie Magar will show a series of interweaving video works; the mundane will be juxtaposed with idea of hyperbolic metafiction where “madness lays never far, and often within trivial normality.”

A Statue is Present runs alongside a series of public events, including a reading of Travis Jeppesen’s monologues by the artist himself.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring essays and writings by art historian and critic Richard Cork, Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum, and artist, novelist and art critic Travis Jeppesen.

The exhibition is curated by Caterina Berardi, Rebecca Edwards, Jack Parrott and Mariaelena Soligo.




Strangelove Moving Image Festival at Central Saint Martins 16-20 March 2015

In ABMB, Art, daataeditions, David Gryn, Film, Lethaby, Terry Smith, Video on 15/03/2015 at 9:24 pm



A festival conceived by Terry Smith, artist and David Gryn, curator, along with Mark Dunhill, Dean at CSM – to bring an art school together, empowering and engaging students, teaching staff, artists and general public via moving image from every arts discipline across Central Saint Martins.

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