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  • Larry Achiampong, Glyth 4, 2013, digital montage on C-print, 21 1/4 × 28 3/4". From the series “Glyth,” 2013–14.

    Larry Achiampong

    REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

    THE LAST IMMIGRANT IS IN CAPTIVITY THE GALAXY IS AT PEACE reads one of the blackboards constituting Larry Achiampong’s #OPENSEASON, 2016, installed on the wall’s of the Logan’s main gallery. The words, furiously and repeatedly scrawled in chalk, may recall Adrian Piper’s Everything #21, 2010–13, but Achiampong is invoking the opening words of the 1990s Super Nintendo game Super Metroid. Substituting the word immigrant for Metroid (the game’s jellyfish-like aliens), the artist intermingles vintage gamer culture and Brexit-era xenophobia, in a gesture that encapsulates the oscillations between

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