Barby Asante is an artist and curator based in South London with a background in installation, photography and film. After finishing her Bachelor in Fine Art at the University of East London, she proceeded to complete her Masters in Visual Culture at Middlesex University London.
Within her creations, the main focus is to make the audience aware of the importance of shifting perspectives and to include a participatory element within her art. The idea of dialogue and interaction is key to her work, connecting the creative aspect to broader social and cultural issues. As such, she wants to particularly explore the reaction towards multicultural representations, often triggering a certain response, to then assess how the framing of these elements takes place within contemporary (British) society.
As tied to her ancestry and background, she puts the main emphasis on the role of blackness in times of the development of the contemporary British identity since after the war. One of her projects was established in connection with the exhibition Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at the Hayward Gallery in London (2005), the hub of contemporary African art in Europe.
Her previous work includes: The South London Black Music Archive, Peckham Space, London and Tate Modern, Londen (2012); Tramway, Glasgow (2013), Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton (2013); Metal, Peterborough (2013); Baldwin’s Nigger R E L O A D E D, InIVA, Londen (2014); To Gypsyland in samenwerking met Delaine le Bas, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Londen, (2014); and the Diaspora Pavillion at the Venice Biennual (2017).
For Framer Framed, Amsterdam and 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Londen she curated the exhibition Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca (2018), a collaborative project that she initiated together with researcher and curator Amal Alhaag.