Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is delighted to announce that the first recipient of the new annual Library of Performing Rights commission is Barby Asante who will develop her Declaration of Independence performance project and bring together a number of the women of colour to consider the role of the artist and art making in a climate of heightened racism and violence against black and brown bodies.
The Library of Performing Rights (LPR) was originally created by Lois Weaver and Queen Mary University London in collaboration with LADA in 2016 for Performance Studies international (PSi)12: Performing Rights. Since August 2017 the LPR has been reimagined and reactivated, in collaboration with Lois Weaver, the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska and the Study Room In Exile in Liverpool, as a concept or approach to research and practice rather than a distinct collection and is available as a place of action, a place of knowledge exchange, a repository of experience, and a resource and a context that others can use to support and advance their own work both at LADA and elsewhere. As part of these developments LADA has instigated an annual Library of Performing Rights commission. Through an open call for proposals artists were invited to propose projects that responded to the LPR and involved three core elements – a live performance/ presentation, the generation of a new LPR item, and the dispersal of ideas or knowledge.
Barby Asante is an artist based in London and Amsterdam. Her current project As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence. For Ama. For Aba. for Charlotte and Adjoa, begins with a personal reflection on the idea of Independence and agency for women of colour from the departure point of the independence of Ghana in 1957.
The LPR commission is part of LADA’s contribution to the EU-funded Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), and Restock Rethink Reflect Four on Live Art and Privilege (2016-18), and is additionally supported by South Bank University and The Study Room In Exile.
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Library of Performing Rights Commission 2018