The Relic Quadrilogy
Part of a sprawling, ongoing multimedia project by artist Larry Achiampong, these four films imagine a future in which the global West has begun a decline into obsolescence, while a unified Africa ascends into prosperity, harmony, and a leadership role in the world, an Afrofuturist utopia in which so-called Relic Travellers journey across Britain and the world collecting the remnants and testimonies of a colonial past. Layering image, voice-over, and evocative music to create an immersive audiovisual experience, the RELIC films are both hopeful visions of a rising Africa and mournful elegies for a tragic history.
Directed by Larry Achiampong • 2017 • United Kingdom
Detailing the struggles of a migrant worker trying to make a life in a hostile, alien environment, RELIC 3 sets aural tales of sexual manipulation, violence, and exploitation to striking images of landscapes across the UK.