NO PLACE LIKE HOME
No Place Like Home is a project by Amy Zamarripa Solis exploring childhood home and its loss.
During summer 2015, Amy will be creating an artist film and a short story collection about her childhood home, the Mexican-American neighbourhoods of downtown Austin, Texas. This activity is supported by Mexic-Arte Museum and funded by the Artist International Development Fund, though Arts Council England and the British Council.
In autumn 2015, Amy will bring the project to the UK, supported by Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded scheme Grants for the arts. She will be working with acclaimed visual artists David Blandy, Larry Achiampong and Aikaterini Gegisian to help diaspora communities and anyone who feels ‘they have lost their childhood home’ in Bristol, Brighton, Crawley and Milton Keynes remember their childhood homes and reflect on their current homes.
AMY ZAMARRIPA SOLIS
Amy Zamarripa Solis is an award-winning literature producer, writer and artist based in Brighton, UK. She was born in Austin in 1975 and grew up in the Mexican-American communities of East and South Austin, where her family has been settled since the 1900s.
Amy studied history and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University and journalism at University of the Arts London. She has also worked in community development in the UK for over 10 years, with a qualification from Trust for Developing Communities.
She is founder of Writing Our Legacy, a literature organisation focused on Black and ethnic minority writers and writing. She is co-founder of literature platforms Grit Lit, Flash Lit Fiction, and Latin Voices Live!, a a multi-art form celebration of Latin cultures from around the world.
As a producer of literature and diverse arts projects, she has over 15 years experience producing multi-art form projects with strong arts and cultural partners and networks. She is passionate about cultural diversity, electronic music and the arts.
David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga.
His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the disparate sources that provide his sense of self. His film, Child of the Atom, draws on his family history and is perhaps the most intimate and direct piece of self examination, following directly from earlier works which sought to question how much of a Western sense of identity can be constructed from diverse popular sources.
Recent projects include solo shows at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; Bloomberg Space, London; Crossroads, a solo exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol that toured to Turner Contemporary, Margate, and 176 Project Space, London and a solo show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Larry Achiampong’s practice uses sound, live performance and imagery to explore representations of identity in the digital age and the dichotomies found within a world dominated by facebook/tumblr/youtube-based cultures.
He crate-digs the vaults of history, splicing audible and visual qualities of the personal and interpersonal archive-as-material – offering multiple dispositions that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.
Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern; London, David Roberts Art Foundation; London, Modern Art Oxford; Oxford, New Art Exchange; Nottingham, SAVVY Contemporary; Berlin, and Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation; Accra.
Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster (2005) and an MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art (2008). He lives and works in London.
Aikaterini Gegisian is a Greek visual artist of Armenian descent living and working in London, UK & Thessaloniki, Greece. Her multi-faceted work explores how images (from still to moving) operating within a global media environment that shapes the conscious and unconscious contain new possibilities for thought. In 2015 she was one the exhibiting artists at the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for best national participation.
In 2014 she completed a PhD at the University of Westminster (London) and was a Visiting Scholar-Artist at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Her work has been exhibited in several institutions, including: Venice Biennale, 2015; Mardin Bienalle, 2015; NARS Foundation, New York, 2014; Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck College, London, 2014; Vladikafkaz Fine Arts Museum, North Ossetia, Russia, 2013; Centre for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2012; Spike Island Gallery, Bristol, 2012; Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2007. Works in collections: National Center of Contemporary Art (North Ossetia, Russia), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), private collections in Greece and abroad. She is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki.