Radical Landscapes: British Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities in Art
UK ● 2022 ● 9’
25.10.2023 ● 20:00 ● BABYLON
In the short documentary film, artist Delaine Le Bas, writer Damian James Le Bas, and activist Lois Brookes-Jones respond to artworks in Tate’s collection that represent members of British Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities. We watch the group discuss the ways in which artists and photographers have approached the subject, whether through the anonymous landscape paintings of JMW Turner or the more sensitive portraits of Laura Knight and Chris Killip. Delaine Le Bas also takes us into the heart of the West Sussex countryside, which inspired her new performance and installation “Rinkeni Pani” 2022. The title of the work is English Romani for ‘beautiful water’ and refers to both her great grandmother – who urged Le Bas never to waste precious water – as well as the increasing lack of access to water experienced by populations in the face of climate emergency.
Director: Charles Newland ● Camera: Candida Richardson ● Sound: Mark Schofield ● Editor: Charles Newland ● Producer: Scott Morris