Collective performance: Declaration of Independence

by 28 October 2019


Collective performance: Declaration of Independence





Bergen Kunsthall


Bergen (NO)


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Bergen Kunsthall’s next commission is a collective performance ‘Declaration of Independence’, directed by Barby Asante, that will be presented on 18 January, and will be based on a workshop for women of colour, taking place from  30.11.19 to 01.12.2019.

Bergen Kunsthall invited London-based artist Barby Asante to develop and convene a workshop for women of colour during Sandra Mujinga’s exhibition “SONW – Shadow of New Worlds”. The workshop continues Asante’s ongoing artistic research “As Always a Painful Declara- tion of Independence” and explores the social, cultural and political agency of women of colour, as they navigate historic legacies of colonialism, independence, migration andthe contemporary global sociopolitical climate.

In a 2-days workshop at Bergen Kunsthall, participants are invited to discuss and explore historic spaces, personal archives and collections and to co-create a space for conversation, collective thinking, ritual and re-enactment. The workshop will result in a collective performance. Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, and educator. Her collaborative, performative and dialogic works are concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism.

Please send an email to Maria Rusinovskaya at to sign-up for the workshop.

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