Art, Activism, Agency: In Conversation with Gosia Mirga and Delaine Le Bas

30 July 2021, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Art, Activism, Agency: In Conversation with Gosia Mirga and Delaine Le Bas

An online talk with Roma/Traveller artists, Gosia Mirga and Delaine Le Bas, moderated by Wojciech Szymański.

This event is free.

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In conversation with Gosia Mirga and Delaine Le Bas

You are warmly invited to join us for an online event with Gosia Mirga and Delaine Le Bas, two prominent Roma/Traveller artists, moderated by Wojciech Szymański from the University of Warsaw. The artists will talk about their artistic practices, how these are linked to and influenced by their Roma/Traveller heritage, and their activism and fight against systemic Romaphobia and antygypsyism.

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas is a Polish-Romani artist and activist. She deals with antyziganist stereotypes and engages in building an affirmative and situated iconography of a Roma community from a perspective of a feminism of minority.

She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2004). Her works have been shown at several dozen individual and collective exhibitions, incl. the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Moravian Gallery in Brno (2017), the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (2020), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2020), at the “Art Encounters” Biennale in Timişoara (2019) or Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt in Cologne, Autostrada Biennale in Kosovo ( 2021), “Art Encounters” Biennale in Timişoara (2021). Since 2011 she has been organizing the international artistic residency program “Jaw Dikh!” in Czarna Góra, intended for Roma and non-Roma artists. She received distinction at the 42nd and 44th Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień” (2015, 2019), a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2018). Laureate of Polityka’s Passport for the best artist from Poland in 2020, the Maria Anto and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven Art Prize for a Young Polish Artist (2021) counteracting exclusion, racial discrimination and xenophobia.

She lives and works in Czarna Góra in Spisz in Poland.

Delaine Le Bas was born in Worthing U.K 1965. She studied at St Martins School Of Art London. Delaine is a cross disciplinary artist creating installations, performance, photography and film. Her works focus on issues of identity, race, gender, sexuality and the continued violence and exclu-sions against whoever is perceived as “the other” within society. She was one of the sixteen artists who were part of Paradise Lost The First Roma Pavilion Venice Biennale 2007 & FutuRoma 2019. She worked with her late husband the artist Damian Le Bas on their installations “Safe European Home?” (2011-2017) in 2017 producing the stage artworks and costumes together for “Roma Armee" at Gorki Berlin. Delaine created Romani Embassy in 2015. Her works have been included in Venice Biennale 2007, 2017 & 2019, Gwangju Biennale 2012, Critical Contemplations Tate Modern 2017, ANTI - Athens Biennale 2018. Delaine created costumes for “Rewitching Europe” which premiered at Gorki in Berlin November 2019 and a new installation and performance “Witch Hunt III” commissioned by Gorki for 4.Berliner Herbstsalon DE-HIEMAITZE IT!. Delaine was one of the artists for “The Crack Begins Within” Berlin Biennale 2020 creating St Sara Kali George a mixed media installation for ‘The Storefront For Dissident Bodies”. Delaine is co-curator of 2nd Roma Biennale 2021 abs she is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Keiko Yamamoto Rochaix for Autumn /Winter 2021.

Wojciech Szymański, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is an independent curator and art critic; member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA, author of the book “The Argonauts: Postminimalism and Art After Modernism: Eva Hesse – Felix Gonzalez-Torres – Roni Horn – Derek Jarman” (2015; in Polish), as well as over 40 academic and 100 critical texts published in exhibition catalogues, art magazines, and peer-reviewed journals and monographs. He has curated over thirty group and solo shows and art projects, including several exhibitions of Roma contemporary artists and Roma art. His research interests include queer studies, Central European art history, postcolonialism, and heritage. He was a leader and coinvestigator in many research projects. Currently he studies the reception of Polish and Central European visual culture and literature in South Africa.