Barby Asante

Barby Asante

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As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: Intimacy and Distance, Film Still, Diaspora Pavilion, Venice, 2017
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 25

© Barby Asante, 2017.

Barby Asante is a London based artist and curator, working in performance and film. Her work is concerned with the politics of race, place, memory and the histories and legacies of slavery and colonialism. Barby often works with groups of people as contributors, collaborators or co researchers, exploring archival conventions and ways in which “other” narratives exist within the dominant cultural archives of our world. Through her work she makes archival propositions, collects and maps/remaps stories and contributions of people of colour, through storytelling, collective actions, and ritual, excavating, unearthing and interrogating these narratives. Recent projects include, As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence, For Ama, For Aba, For Charlotte and Adjoh: Intimacy and Distance, Diaspora Pavilion, Venice 2017: The Queen and the Black Eyed Squint, Starless Midnight, BALTIC 2017: Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded, Get Up Stand Up Now, Somerset House, 2019; Declaration of Independence, BALTIC, 2019 & Bergen Kunstall, 2020.