Barby Asante

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies
Department Art
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Barby Asante

Working as an artist, curator, and researcher Barby is interested in black feminism, decolonial methodologies. She draws from her Akan heritage, family stories and the histories that have created an African Diaspora to explore the politics of place, space and the ever-present legacies of slavery and colonialism. She is interested in how these legacies persist and inform the realities we live in today and how we undo them through imagining and enacting practices of liberation for otherwise ways of living. Barby also embeds within her work notions of collective study, countless ways of knowing and dialogical practices that embrace being together and breathing together. She explores this through works and processes using performance, film, collective writing practices, re-enactment and creating spaces for transformation, ritual and healing.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons Fine Art Time Based Media, University of East London 1995
  • MA Visual Culture, Middlesex University 1999
  • Practice Based PhD, CREAM University of Westminster 2022

Research interests

Black Feminism, decolonial feminism. Decolonial theory as it relates to art practice and institutions. Also, in relation to African, Caribbean, Latin American and Indigenous communities, social justice, care work, environmental justice, and abolition.
Performativity and Performance Studies- Race, gender, and queer performative theories. Social Practice, and Institutional practices, in relation to decolonization and diversity initiatives. Archives, Memory, and Hauntology in Art Practice, rethinking archival practices.
Liberatory pedagogies, emergent strategies for social practice and education.
Expanded and supportive writing practices for art students, speculative fiction/theory, auto theory and experimental writing.

Publications and research outputs


Asante, Barby. 2022. Countless Ways of Knowing: Looking at Images Beyond the Frame as a Practice of Liberatory Pedagogy. Photography and Culture, 15(1), pp. 97-101. ISSN 1751-4517

Adeniji, Anna; Asante, Barby; Lundberg, Anna and Miller, Monica L. 2020. The Grain of her Voice: Nina Simone, Josette Bushell-Mingo and the Intersections between Art, Politics and Race. PARSE(11), ISSN 2002-0953


Asante, Barby; Oriogun Williams, Femi and Taylor, Foluke. 2020. Declaration of Independence Podcasts.

Book Section

Asante, Barby. 2023. Grounding for Group Work Exercise. In: Jemma Egan; Leyla Gatens; Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp, eds. How We Hold: Rehearsals for Art and Social Change. London: Walter Koenig/Serpentine Gallery. ISBN 9783753305035

Asante, Barby. 2023. The Women. They Were Plotting Too: Declaring Our Independence in the Spirit of Sankofa. In: Andrea N. Baldwin and Tonya Haynes, eds. Global Black Feminisms: Cross Border Collaboration through an Ethics of Care. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 156-179. ISBN 9780367698539

Asante, Barby. 2021. Now is the Time for the Performance to Become a Reality (I can’t do this without you.). In: Jeanne van Heeswijk; Maria Hlavajova and Rachael Rakes, eds. Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice. Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. ISBN 9780262542500


Asante, Barby. 2023. Declaration of Independence Performance Art on the Underground. In: "Declaration of Independence Performance Stratford Station", Stratford Station, United Kingdom, 17 September 2023.

Asante, Barby. 2020. Declaration of Independence Bergen Kunsthall Performance. In: "Declaration of Independence Performance", Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, 30 November - 1 December 2-19 and 18 January 2020.

Asante, Barby. 2020. Declaration of Independence Performance Brent Biennale. In: "Declaration of Independence Performance Brent Biennale", Metroland Cultures, United Kingdom, November-December 2020.

Asante, Barby. 2019. Declaration of Independence - BALTIC Performance. In: "Declaration of Independence Performance", BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead, United Kingdom, 24 February 2019.


Asante, Barby. 2023. Declaration of Independence. In: "O Quilombismo:Of Resisting and Insisting. Of Flight as Fight. Of Other Democratic Egalitarian Political Philosophies", Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany, 1 June - 16 September 2023.

Asante, Barby. 2023. Declaration of Independence Art on the Underground. In: "Declaration of Independenceration", Stratford Station, United Kingdom, March 2023 - January 2025.

Asante, Barby. 2019. Declaration of Independence. In: "Declaration of Independence", BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, United Kingdom, 23 February – 6 May 2019.

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