Friday, 17 October 2008
Barby Asante – The Bamboo Club
Barby Asante is a London-based artist who uses engagement and participatory strategies to explore her interest in performativity, particularly in relation to her cultural identity. Many of her ideas consider that we are all complicit in the creation and construction of our identities and the identities of those around us. She is interested in how we perform our identities and wants to create works that do not assign the problem of identity to particular groups in society, but rather consider identity as something that effects us all.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Projects include I Accept Your, Image I am You, 198 Gallery, Journey Into The East, The Showroom Gallery and Futurology: Black Country 2024, New Art Gallery, Walsall. She was Lead Artist for the Bow Festival Roman Road Revel (2004) and is currently working on You Should See Kaba Styles for Africa Remix, at the Hayward Gallery in London. ). In 2006 she began collaborating with Andrea Encinas on the Funk Chorus, which invites people to share their desire to sing. She is currently working on a project with older people exploring karaoke and the possibility of this popular activity as being an outlet for our personal histories and memories. Barby also has extensive experience in running workshops and she talks regularly to artists about practice.
Barby is very interested in the Bamboo Clubs’ Social and cultural legacy and is very keen to develop the project through meeting individuals like founder Tony Bullimore and musicians and regular club members. She’s also interested in re-engaging young and contemporary audiences in Bristol with this rich social and oral history.