Larry Achiampong

If It Don't Exist, Build It


A visually stunning monograph that celebrates the work of Larry Achiampong, one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary Black British artists at work today.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9781849768498 Category:

Larry Achiampong, JJ Charlesworth


If It Don’t Exist, Build It addresses all of Larry Achiampong’s major work over the course of his career to date in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage and performance. It explores the broader themes and ideas that have informed his artistic practice and shaped the creation of his most ambitious projects, including the multi-disciplinary Relic Traveller series.

Featuring an intimate extended interview with Larry, this is an insightful monograph that will appeal to admirers of the artist and his work. It will also interest anyone excited by bold art that continually pushes at the boundaries of form and medium, and that responds profoundly to many of the most pressing social issues of our time.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21 x 26.5 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 7 May 2024
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21 x 26.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Larry Achiampong is a British Ghanaian artist who works in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. Drawing on popular culture and his communal and personal heritage, his work explores postcolonial and post-digital identity, and the deeply entrenched inequalities in contemporary society. Recent projects include commissions with The Line, London; De la Warr Pavilion; the Liverpool Biennial 2021 and Art on the Underground, Roundel designs for TfL Westminster, London (2019). Achiampong is a recipient of the Stanley Picker Fellowship (2020), the Paul
Hamlyn Foundation's Award for Artists (2019) and he is a Jarman Awardnominated
artist (2018 & 2021).

JJ Charlesworth is a writer and art critic.

Shay Thompson is a presenter and journalist who works in games and entertainment.

Executive Director, Knowledge and Collections at the BFI

Robert Barry is a freelance writer and composer

Ekow Eshun is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and curator.

Evan Narcisse is a comic book writer, journalist and video game narrative designer.

Clive Nwonka is Associate Professor in Film, Culture and Society at UCL.