Textile, acrylic on canvas
385 x 211 cm
With a good 12 million people, Roma and Sinti are one of the largest minorities in Europe. Persecuted and marginalised - hundreds of thousands were murdered during the Nazi regime - they often live on the edges of society, in ghettos and with no access to education, to the healthcare system or to regular labour. Over the centuries, prejudices, bias, discriminatory ideas and judgements have become certainties .
Polish artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, herself a Bergkita Rom*nja, places at the centre of her narrative textile collages visual narratives, scenes from everyday life, myths and historical events of the Rom*nja community. In addition, she portrays personalities from the community who make or have made an important and vital contribution to European culture. Małgorzata Mirga-Tas rewrites part of a repressed and suppressed history.
Delaine Le Bas was born in 1965 in Worthing, England. She studied at St Martins School of Art in London and works with visual elements, film and photography, installations and performance. She is also part of the Rom*nja community. Her work is focused on the rich cultural heritage, the complex history, the knowledge passed down through generations and feminist issues.