Going Back to Get It, a conversational memory practice ritual – women only workshop with artist Barby Asante

Image courtesy Barby Asante
Image courtesy Barby Asante

Artist and curator Barby Asante invites women to join a workshop at Arts Catalyst's Centre examining the role of women in the creation and telling of stories in a contemporary globalised world.

Drawing on ideas from her current ongoing project As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa – a performance archive project that explores and invites women of colour to think about their personal social, cultural and political agency – the conversation will reflect on how their stories are informed by histories of colonial domination, independence and displacement through migration; whether enforced, chosen, or a last resort.
 
Participants are invited to contribute stories – familial, intellectual, cultural and political – during a creative conversation ritual exploring how these narratives have influenced who we are and what we might become.
 
This event forms part of Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA), an installation and programme by artist group Mission//Misplaced Memory, critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, through an Afrofuturist-inspired science fiction narrattive. 
 
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barby Asante is an artist, curator and educator who’s work explores place and identity by creating situations and spaces for dialogue, collective thinking, ritual and reenactment. 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 NiggerSouth London Black Music Archive 2012, Peckham Platform/Tate Modern. 
 
This event is free but booking is required and on this occasion only people who identify as female are invited to participate. To book a place, please send a brief expression of interest (400 words max) to Arts Catalyst's programme curator Anna Santomauro via anna.santomauro@artscatalyst.org.
 
A second workshop will take place on Saturday 2 December. This event will be free and open to all, and followed by a sound performance by Dubmorphology. Find out more here.