That bird is wise.
Look. Its beak, back turned, picks
For the present, what is best from ancient eyes,
Then steps forward, on ahead
To meet the future, undeterred.
– Albert Kayper-Mensah
Connecting fragments of memory, refusing the authority of the archival document, drawing from our streets, record collections and mythologies, Barby Asante invites you to join her to explore a reading of the Adinkra communicator, Sankofa, from a Black feminist perspective, thinking about the egg on the bird’s back and its potential for our imaginings of possible futures.
Together with Barby, you will be invited to write a collective Declaration that will be recited as a ritual at three sites in and around the ICA. Please bring your memory fragments for inspiration.
Barby Asante is a London-based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ. Her work is concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism, and is collaborative, performative and dialogic. She has created works that consider migration, safe spaces to gather in cities antagonistic to one’s presence, and how one maps the self as a contributor to narratives of society, culture and politics. Her artistic practice explores the archival, makes propositions, collects and maps stories and contributions of people of colour using storytelling, collective actions and ritual to excavate, unearth and interrogate given narratives.