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ART IN THE OPEN Pan African Flags for the Relic Travellers’ Alliance

Symbols of solidarity and empathy adorn the Liverpool Biennial

LIVERPOOL is blessed with iconic architecture and public spaces and as part of the city’s Biennial — the largest festival of contemporary visual art in Britain — a new series of outdoor sculptures and installations are on show.

Presiding over them are the flags of Larry Achiampong’s Pan African For the Relic Travellers’ Alliance, to be found across 10 locations in the city centre and on the waterfront.

A number of flags, with some featuring 54 stars that represent the 54 countries of Africa, evoke solidarity and collective empathy, while some of their locations speak to Liverpool’s connection with the enslavement of West Africans as part of the transatlantic slave trade.

The flags’ colours of green, black and red, reflecting Pan-African symbolism, represent Africa’s land, people and the struggles, while yellow-gold represents a new dawn and prosperity.

Achiampong has configured these colours into icons that are suggestive of community, motion and the human figure in ascension.

Four new flag designs symbolise the sending and receiving of resonant messages, the connection between those born in Africa and its diaspora, reverence for the elements that bring and fortify life and mothership, in praise, honour and respect for the centre of community.














































































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