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Barby Asante Declaration of Independence   Upstairs  Performance


Please join us for the discursive ritualistic performance “Declaration of Independence” by Barby Asante and collaborators!

Free and open for all!

What is independence and interdependence? How does the political affect the personal? What impact do historical declarations have on our lives? How do women´s stories exist and how they are made visible?

The performance explores ideas of independence and storytelling and invites us into a space for collective thinking, social ritual and re-enactment, blending together grief and celebration.
Bringing together women of colour and their stories, the performance is based on a two days intensive workshop convened by Barby in Bergen in December 2019.

The project continues Asante’s ongoing artistic research “As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence”, exploring social, cultural and political agencies of women of colour, navigating historic legacies of colonialism, independence, migration and the contemporary global socio-political climate.

Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, and educator. Her collaborative, performative and dialogic works are concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism.

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of Re-Imagine Europe project.


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