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Delaine Le Bas

Delaine Le Bas (b. 1965, United Kingdom; lives and works in various locations within the UK and across Europe)

Delaine Le Bas is an English Romani Gypsy. She studied at St Martins School of Art London for her Masters Degree. She works within the field of media including installations, drawing, performance, film, photography and sculpture.

Her work deals with issues of exclusion, identity, stereotypes, untold histories, misrepresentation, gender and being the ‘other’. As a Romani Gypsy she approaches the notion of the body as a stolen artefact and contested space. Clothing and textiles, especially in their cultural, symbolic and identifying qualities, are strands she addresses notably in terms of the stereotypical and political ideas they convey. Costumes in particular play a major role within her performative practice, while fabrics are significantly present within her large detailed installations.
A key part of Delaine’s practice is her site-specific approach: visiting, digesting, filling and occasionally inhabiting the spaces where her work will be shown, she uses locally salvaged materials where possible. This leads to varied cross-media outcomes and frequently to situation performances outside the gallery environment. The essence of a place where a work has been created is of primary importance. Its history, contested spaces, and local materials are reflected in a “bricolage” practice across various surfaces, media, times and places.

Roma Body Politics III: Say No To Identity Theft
Gallery8, Budapest, Hongarije

Local Name: Unknown Gypsies?
Phoenix, Brighton, United Kingdom

To Gypsyland
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton, United Kingdom

To Gypsyland, A Studio Practice and Archive Project
Metal, Peterborough, United Kingdom


Basket Case II
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Basket Case II
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Navigations, Urban Dialogues
Red Gallery, Londen, United Kingdom

Sites of Collective Memory
CGP, Londen, United Kingdom

Portrait of The Artist, Delaine Le Bas and Tara Darby
Transition Gallery, Londen, United Kingdom

To Gypsyland
198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Londen, United Kingdom

Akathe Te Beshen – Heir Um Zu Bleiben
Kunststation, Kleinsassen, Germany

Have A Look Into My Life!
Aubette, Straatsburg, France; Stadtmuseumgraz, Graz, Austria

Safe European Home?
MART, Dublin, Ireland

BMW, Tarnow, Poland

Safe European Home? No: 5
Berliner Herbstsalon, Gorki Theatre, Berlin, Germany

Safe European Home? No: 4 Past, Present, Future
Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, Germany

Other Sisters: Dialogue with Iwona Zajac
Gdanska Galeria Miejska, Poland

Houses as Silver as Tents
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warschau, Poland

Me, You and The Others
Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki, Finland

Safe European Home? No: 3
The Dandelion Project, Trane Udstillingen, Kopenhagen, Denmark

Safe European Home? No:2
CHB, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, Germany


Exhibition: Embodied Spaces

An exhibition curated by Christine Eyene on the body, gender and identity.