Delaine Le Bas

Artist, The House Of Le Bas Est.1984, Worthing

Delaine Le Bas was born in 1965 in Worthing, United Kingdom. She studied at St Martins School Of Art London and is a cross-disciplinary artist creating installations, performances, text works, photography and film. She was one of the 16 artists who were part of ‘Paradise Lost’, the first Roma pavilion at Venice Biennale 2007.

She worked with her late husband the artist Damian Le Bas on their installations of ‘Safe European Home?’ (2011-2017) and in 2017 produced the stage artworks and costumes together for ‘Roma Armee’ at Gorki Berlin. Delaine created ‘Romani Embassy’ in 2015. Her works were included in the Venice Biennale in 2007, 2017 and 2019, the Gwangju Biennale in 2012, Critical Contemplations at Tate Modern in 2017 and ANTI – Athens Biennale in 2018.

In 2019, as part of Futuroma at Venice Biennale, she designed costumes for ‘Rewitching Europe’ creating a new installation and performance titled ‘Witch Hunt III’ which included an 8-meter tall ‘Goddess’ commissioned by Gorki for 4.Berliner Herbstsalon DE-HIEMAITZEIT! Delaine was also one of the artists for ‘The Crack Begins Within’ at the Berlin Biennale 2020, creating ‘St. Sara Kali George’, a mixed media installation for ‘The Storefront For Dissident Bodies’.

One of Delaine’s most recent commissions was for ‘Radical Landscapes’ for Tate Liverpool in 2022. In 2023, she presented ‘The House of Le Bas’ at Whitechapel London and ‘Incipit Vita Nova’ was installed at Secession Vienna, which included a publication produced by Walther and Franz Konig with an essay by Stephen Ellcock. Also in 2023, ‘This Is Not Carmen Or Valencia Orange’ was performed for ‘Popular’ at IVAM Valencia curated by Pedro G. Romero and which includes her ongoing installations and performances from ‘Witch Hunt’. Delaine is currently working towards a major presentation of her works for Glasgow International in June 2024 at Tramway Glasgow.

Her works are part of the public collections of the British Council Collection and MUCEM Marseille. Delaine is represented by Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London.

Both Delaine and her husband Damian Le Bas were Artists at Risk (AR)-Residents in Helsinki and participated in the Perpetuum Gypsy/Roma Pavillion in Venice in 2009.

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