Barby Asante – ‘Declaration of Independence’ by the Live Art Development Agency

Sunday 3rd June 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Live Art Development Agency (LADA), The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX

Declaration of Independence brings together women of colour in a discursive performance to explore what it is to find a sense of place as we navigate life and a world where we rarely hear our stories although so many of us are working to create a more equitable world, whether this is through creativity, activism or in our everyday actions. By inviting women to share stories in a backdrop of postcolonial/decolonial and migration histories these performed her-stories intervene in the archive of these cultural histories.
Declaration of Independence is part of Barby’s wider project ‘As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence’ begins with a personal familial reflection on the idea of independence and agency for women of colour from the departure point of the independence of Ghana in 1957.
The title also draws upon Ama Ata Aidoo’s poem that speaks of the Independence project as a separation not just from a paternalistic country, but also as a break up of a relationship and an independence for Ama.
Declaration of Independence will be performed by Selina Rose, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Chloe Filani, Marwa Belghazi, Buki Bayode, Foluke Taylor, and Aisha Mohammed.
The group performance will be followed by a conversation between Barby Asante and Dr Karen Salt.
Barby Asante is an artist, curator and educator based in London. For more information click here
Dr Karen Salt is Co-director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and leads Europe’s first ever Black Studies PhD programme at the University of Nottingham.
This is a FREE event. But registration required via eventbrite