And Yet We Grow

Written Prose on Seed Paper, 2018

© Photos by Joe Sarah & Jim Holden

Curated by arts collective Shrinking Space, who have previously worked with the likes of Somerset House and the Barbican, 'The Wonder Project' encompassed specially commissioned soundscapes, sculptures and artworks from a roster of esteemed UK artists and creative studios. Guests were invited to meander through the meadows and glades, to interact with installations embedded into the wild landscape of Wakehurst, Kew's sister garden in the heart of West Sussex woods.

In partnership with Shrinking Space and Kew Wakehurst, Larry Achiampong developed new site-specific works inspired by archival research and his project Relic Traveller. Embedded in the wild botanic grounds were four text-based black sculptural elements accompanied by a haunting prose written by the artist and edited by writer Aida Amoako.

In the work 'And Yet We Grow' the prose references colonial histories and their relationship with the anthropocene, narratives of migration, the flourishing and decay of diasporic and indigenous bodies, and the preservation of knowledge. Printed onto seed paper containing traditional British wildflowers, the intimacy of the handheld words complements the bold handwritten chalk testimonies as depicted in the work The Last of Us. Both texts when exposed to the elements become part of the physical and emotional landscape.

And Yet We Grow was commissioned for The Wonder Project by Shrinking Space & Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

© Larry Achiampong