Open Call: Barby Asante - Declaration of Independence

21 September 2020

Barby Asante, Declaration of Independence, Performance at BALTIC, 2019. Image courtesy artist.
Barby Asante, Declaration of Independence, Performance at BALTIC, 2019. Image courtesy artist.

You are invited to create a Declaration of Independence - a performative work that invites womxn of colour to make personal / collective declarations working with artist Barby Asante, as part of the Brent Biennial 2020.

Join artist Barby Asante and collaborators for a workshop series exploring ideas of independence and interdependence, through stories, manifestos and declarations. Through five online workshops for womxn of colour, we invite you to discuss and explore historic events, personal archive collections, share stories, and to co-create a space for conversation, collective thinking, ritual and imagining our futures.

Registration is required - sign up here: https://brent2020.typeform.com/to/Qy7aFrSO

No performance experience is necessary, just the desire to be in a powerful process of a collective declaration. Workshops will begin late October, running into November, with a live stream event online in December.


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. Declaration of Independence is an ongoing collaborative project with different iterations being performed in the Diaspora Pavilion, Venice (2017); Library of Performing Rights, Live Art Development Agency, London (2018); BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Arts, Gateshead, (2019); Bergen Kunstall, Norway (2020) and other places. Since 2017 over 70 womxn from across the world have been involved in performances and rituals around Declaration of Independence.

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