Barby Asante’s work creates situations and spaces for conversation, collective thinking, ritual and re-enactment. Her projects are centred in performative actions, research and togetherness to think about contemporary geographies, race, gender and social justice; to articulate perspectives that critically reflect on the legacies of slavery and colonialism and to discuss how histories also inform the present.
The Declaration of Independence is a performative forum mirroring conference and assembly spaces used to negotiate treaties of independence, coalitions, trade deals, manifestos and policies.
Asante says: “I am bringing together groups of womxn of colour to reflect on how the political affects the personal and how cultural implications of historic declarations, policies and legislations impact on their lives; to consider the possibilities for collective actions for the future and to rethink our understanding of monumental moments in world history such as declarations of independence.”
As part of BALTIC & Sage Gateshead’s Art50 Weekender, Asante presented an associated performance in the gallery on 24 February 2019.