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New graduate exhibition explores youth identity through video game Grand Theft Auto 5

9 May 2016

Video game avatar from exhibition FF Gaiden: Alternative

An exhibition by University of Westminster graduate Larry Achiampong on teenagers' contemporary identity is now on show at The Gallery at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The video exhibition, titled FF Gaiden: Alternative, is a collaboration between Larry Achiampong, David Blandy and the Tyneside Cinema's young digital group, The Factory. Through using the virtual world of the video game Grand Theft Auto 5, it illustrates different aspects of young people and their contemporary identity, such as how relationships and identities are formed in the digital realm and in real life.

The exhibition, supported by Arts Council England, forms part of Achiampong and Blandy’s Finding Fanon series – an ongoing collection of work inspired by the lost plays of post-colonial theorist Frantz Fanon.

Since completing the Fine Art Mixed Media BA Honours course at the University of Westminster, Larry Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad. His works have been exhibited at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, The Mistake Room in Los Angeles and Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation in Ghana. He is a recipient of ArtsAdmin's Artists' Bursary Scheme.

The University of Westminster’s Fine Art Mixed Media BA Honours is taught at the University’s Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. The innovative course was one of the first to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop work across boundaries within the ever-expanding contemporary fine art disciplines.

FF Gaiden: Alternative will be on exhibition at The Gallery at the Tyneside Cinema until Thursday 16 June.

Watch the preview trailer for FF Gaiden: Alternative.

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