Ashanti Harris is an artist and researcher and working with dance, performance and installation. With a focus on recontextualusing historical narratives, Ashanti’s work dissects epistemologies of mobilities - the movement of people, ideas and things and the wider social implications of these movements, specifically in relation to the diaspora of West Africa and the Caribbean. Her recent research projects have included a thesis on the dances of the African and Caribbean in Scotland and new creative writing exploring the presence of Guyanese women in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries. As part of her creative practice, she is a co-director for Project X – a creative education programme, platforming the dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora; and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating movement workshops, research groups and collaborative performances. Ashanti also provides concept consultation and research for the development of performances.
Recent projects include: Second Site, Civic Room, Glasgow; BLIP! as part of Annuale Festival, Broughton Place, Edinburgh; Just Start Here, The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen; Festival of the Not, Circa Projects, Newcastle; The Dances of the African and Caribbean Diaspora, GSASA & Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Eastern Promise, Platform, Glasgow (2018);The Work Room: 10 Years and Beyond, The Art School, Glasgow