A ‘Gypsy Revolution’: the ongoing legacy of Delaine & Damian Le Bas

Annabel Tremlett, Delaine Le Bas

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The Roma Art Movement has much to offer our understandings of identities and social justice. Artists Delaine and Damian Le Bas are two leading figures, and here we have a rare recorded interview about their histories, beliefs and desires. The chapter is in three parts: first, it looks at art as emancipatory, a way to connect with others about the lived experiences of inclusion and exclusion. As Gayatri Spivak said of their work, it shows the “fragile staging of Roma life and history” (2012). Second, it looks at how their exhibitions create space for relationships and social change. Third and finally, the chapter looks at the constraints of the art and social world, how structural barriers and the politics of labelling can obstruct the work Roma artists strive to do.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Roma and their Struggle for Identity in Contemporary Europe
EditorsHuub van Baar, Angéla Kóczé
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78920-643-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-78920-642-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameRomani Studies
PublisherBerghahn Series


  • Roma
  • Gypsy
  • art movement
  • militancy
  • anti-racism
  • Le Bas
  • Spivak


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