Barby Asante explored the cultural legacy of Bristol’s Bamboo Club and worked with its rich social and oral history in Bamboo Memories.
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 she creates 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, 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 as an outlet for personal histories and memories. Barby also runs workshops and talks regularly to artists about their practice.
Down at the Bamboo Club project explores legacy through participation, historic sites and events with 3 commissions, an exhibition and a publication.