The artist Delaine Le Bas is an English Romani Gypsy. Delaine has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, she was an advisor and one of the sixteen artists who were part of The First Roma Pavilion Paradise Lost, 52nd Venice Biennale 2007.
Delaine and fellow artist Corrina Eastwood kindly agreed to talk about their art practices in relation to their identities at the Stuart Hall Library Research Network meeting in February. The meeting is a forum for researchers, artists, academics, curators, students and activists to introduce an aspect of their art practice, research, cultural activism.
Both Delaine and Corrina have offered their reflections on what it meant to them to share their thoughts with the group. Recordings of the event are available here and a project bibliography based on the Library’s holdings can be downloaded here (Corrina’s thoughts on her talk in this blog )
Delaine Le Bas on her presentation at Stuart Hall Library Research Network
Stuart Hall has been a major figure in my life so to be able to present Say No To Identity Theft at Iniva’s Stuart Hall library was I feel personally a great privilege made even more poignant by the fact that it was exactly a year since his death, this held particular resonance for me.
The Stuart Hall Project has been influential in its impact upon how I feel about who I am, how to question the ideas put forward by institutional and academic ‘othering’ as to who and what I should be.
I hope that the presentation that I made had some sense of the impact and power that I feel the work of Stuart Hall has had upon myself and many others in claiming our own identity and not being afraid to question the history and identities that have for generations been forced upon us.
Delaine Le Bas 2015