Barby Asante is an artist, curator and educator whose work explores place and identity by creating situations and spaces for dialogue, collective thinking, ritual and re-enactment. Using archival material in the broadest sense, she is interested in breaking down the language of archive; not to insert or present alternatives to dominant narratives but to interrupt, interrogate and explore the effects and possibilities of the unheard and the missing.
Asante’s recent projects include the first episode of As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence. For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa- Intimacy and Distance, Diaspora Pavilion Venice Biennale 2017; The Queen and the Black Eyed Squint, Starless Midnight, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead, 2017, Baldwin's Nigger RELOADED 2015, Iniva, Nottingham Contemporary, Framer Framed/Art Rotterdam, with the London based collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, that used Horace Ove’s 1968 film Baldwin’s Nigger, South London Black Music Archive 2012, Peckham Platform/Tate Modern.