Romani Embassy, 2017

17 - Delaine Le Bas

Diplomatic representation is a key symbol of statehood, which Roma have never enjoyed. The reason is simple: they are a non-territorial people. Does a lack of territory really imply a lack of statehood? Why is there no permanent national Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale? These are the questions raised by this work. This sign and performance in the tradition of ‘art povera’ symbolises the lack of representation of the Romani people at many high tables. The Romani Embassy is simply wherever Delaine Le Bas or her colleagues hang the sign.

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