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Local Name: Unknown…Gypsies?

Local Name: Unknown…

Preview: Friday 25 April, 6 – 8 pm
Short performance at 7 pm

26 Apr – 15 Jun 2014

Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Late openings:
Fri 16 & Sat 17 May until 9 pm

local name unknown gypsies_320x186lanterns_320embroidery_320doll_320Photographs by Amelia ShepherdLayout 1man_100 Drawing upon her Romany heritage and family ties to the New Forest area, Delaine LeBas explores the artefacts, imagery and hidden history surrounding the Gypsies.In this immersive environment constructed within the gallery space, the artist will recreate and occupy her own version of ‘the compounds’ which were makeshift structures employed by the British government to contain Gypsy families in the New Forest during the first half of the 20th century. Incorporating photography, film and archival material alongside textiles and costumes hand printed and embroidered by the artist, the exhibition will feature an evolving installation embodying individual and collective experience, and will shine a contemporary light upon the complex and disturbing story of the Gypsies throughout the UK and Europe.Two glass and metal lanterns from the collection of Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford serve as the central metaphor and catalyst for this new body of work. Resembling similar lamps from India, these ones were made in the New Forest and remind the artist of the ‘magic lantern’ shows her grandmother and great uncles recounted from their childhood in Hampshire. These artefacts have been brought back to life through the stories, performances and activities taking place within the exhibition.

BE YOURSELF: Special Event

A fun and celebratory evening of performance and discussion centering around the significance of outward appearance to our perception of ourselves and others. Drawing upon themes within the exhibition, Delaine LeBas will bring a personal and political perspective to the subject in light of the way in which the ‘Gypsy’ has been represented in art and popular culture. The evening also provides an opportunity to explore the creative and expressive aspects of costume and self adornment, so come dressed as yourself, whatever that may be!

This event has been devised by Phoenix Brighton for Museums at Night.

Featured guest: Damian James LeBas, poet and filmmaker.

Thursday 15 May, 7 – 10 pm, free, but booking required

The title of the exhibition, ‘Local Name Unknown…Gypsies? was taken from a label accompanying Romany artifacts in a museum collection, and reflects the complexities of presenting and classifying objects and cultures within an art historical or anthropological context.

This afternoon of presentations, film screenings and discussion will take the experience and viewpoints of Gypsies and ‘Outsiders’ as a springboard for exploring how we perceive and represent ourselves and others through labels and imagery, both in institutional settings and in our everyday lives.

Delaine Le Bas will be joined by John Maizels (Founder of Raw Vision magazine), Dr. Louise Purbrick (University of Brighton), Tony Gammidge (art therapy and film) and Simon Costin (Museum of British Folklore). Over the course of the afternoon the panelists and attendees will have an opportunity to debate the issues and bring fresh perspectives to the discussion. There will also be a screening of films from Damian James Le Bas and the Rocket Artists.

Saturday 24 May, 1:30 – 7 pm, £10 / £5 concessions (students, unemployed, over 65′s). Booking required.

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