Welcome to the Cambridge School of Art Annual Photography Lecture 2023. This year we are proud to present Larry Amponsah.
Larry Amponsah (b. 1989, Accra-Ghana) is a multimedia artist whose practice investigates
traditional modes of image-making whilst employing unconventional strategies of production
to look at the contemporary politics of imagery. Amponsah, traditionally trained as a painter,
creates collages made of archival images, objects, and stories from various cultures in order
to negotiate systems of power and create new ways of transcending boundaries.
Amponsah transforms, prints and cuts into archival images, which he assembles in collages
that are further worked upon using mechanical processes and his honed skills as a trained
painter. In this succession of strategic moves about image-making techniques, dynamic
compositions emerge, as well as compelling narratives or portraits that reference his own
West African upbringing within a greater global narrative.
Larry Amponsah is an Associate Lecturer at the Camberwell Collage of Art – UAL and received
his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2018) after studying at Jiangsu
University China (2016) and at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in
Kumasi in Ghana (2015). From 2018-2020 he was a Trustee of The Kuenyehia Art Trust in
Ghana, was shortlisted for the 2019 Dentons Art Prize and won the Be Smart About Art Award
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Genesis, The Plan & The Promise’, The Breeder Gallery,
Athens (2022); ‘When A Stone Cracks, We Don’t Stitch’, 50 Golborne, London (2019); ‘The
Open City of Many Gods’ Billboard, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2019) and ‘Imaginary Direction of
Time’, The Fine Art Gallery, CSU-Pueblo Hoag Hall, Colorado (2018).
Recent group exhibitions include: Reconstruction – Thessaloniki Film Festival, The Project
Gallery, Athens (2022); The 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival – The Metropolitan
organisation of Museums of Visual Art – MOMus, Thessaloniki (2022); Frieze London, The
Breeder Gallery, London (2022); The World Reimagined, TWR, London & Leeds (2022); ‘DEAR’,
Dyson Gallery, RCA Battersea, London (2019); ‘DAMNED IF I DO… DAMNED IF I DON’T’ for
Open Space’s: Of Hosts & Guests, Pushkin House, London (2019); ‘FBA Futures Exhibition’,
Mall Galleries, London (2019); ‘SURGE’, East Wing Biennial 13, Courtauld Institute of Art,
London (2018); ‘YOUNG GUNS’, Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery, London (2018); ‘Open House CCA’,
Delfina Foundation, London (2017); ‘What is your local word for ‘Smile’?’, ArtXanady’s Pop-
up Gallery, Labone, Ghana (2016); and ‘The Gown Must Go To Town’, Museum of Science and
Technology, Accra (2015), amongst others.
The lecture is supported by the Anglia Ruskin University Course Leader Fund.
For any questions about the event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerstin Hacker, Co-Course Leader BA (Hons) Photography, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University