Wednesday, November 17, 2010

delaine le bas

Stirring, this critique by Damien James on artist / mother Delaine Le Bas:
Le Bas recasts the sensationalist presentation of the ‘Juju house’ with reference to her Gypsy identity, taking objects invested by her people with emotive power and positioning them in circumstances that echo historical trauma. String lengths hanging like snakes-cum-cobwebs create a delicate claustrophobia, simultaneously enticing and warning of those who spin them, hidden out of sight. The stark and jerry-built shack of the shanty town tells fairy tales about real people: prisoners; adventurers; victims; aggressors; travellers; children.
Still more - very much worth the read - here.

[image entitled The House of Juju Queen 2007 / 2008 courtesy of Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch]

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