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The Skeleton of a Name - Ashanti Harris
21 September 2019 until 26 October 2019
The Skeleton of a Name
Opening Preview: 20 September 7pm–9pm
With the performance of ‘A Chorus of Voices’ at 8pm
21 September–26 October 2019 (11am-5pm, Wednesday- Saturday)
Transmission Gallery, 28 King St, Glasgow G1 5QP
Transmission is thrilled to present The Skeleton of a Name – a solo exhibition by Glasgow based artist Ashanti Harris.
Ashanti Harris is a visual artist, teacher and researcher, working with dance, performance and installation. Ashanti’s work focuses on themes of mobilities – the movement of people, ideas and things as well as the broader social implications of these movements, specifically in relation to the diaspora of West Africa and The Caribbean. Her current research is concerned with the body as a repository of incorporated histories which are communicated through dance and movement practices. As part of her creative practice, she also works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating movement workshops, research groups and collaborative performances; and as co-lead artist for Project X – a creative education programme, platforming the dances of the African diaspora.
This exhibition stems from Harris’ finding the research of a Scottish historian which elaborated on the historical relationship between Guyana and Scotland and learning about a number of Caribbean women who came to have a presence in Scotland in varying ways over 200 years ago. Taking these women as a starting point, she has been thinking about how speculating on their existence can offer understanding of her present one. She says, “When researching these women, again I find that the words are barely there. Names, dates and events appear in letters, on census’ in legal documents and travel records but between these words there are only empty spaces; a mumble of ‘the skeleton of a name’. “
In The Skeleton of a Name, silence is made material and is presented as an “archive” in varying forms which are seemingly disparate but have potential for infinite routes of speculation.