1st Roma Biennale

1st Roma Biennale

In Memory of Damian Le Bas

Jell On, Phens and Phrallas!

By Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas and Hamze Bytyçi


We come from a place where people make you think that your dreams cannot become reality. But we believe in magic moments when all elements come together and the impossible can become possible.

This First Roma Biennale is a collaboration of the Romani self-organization RomaTrial, Maxim Gorki Theatre and Studio Я as the “headquarters,” of Roma and Non-Roma from across Europe. The idea of Roma Biennale can morph and change in time and adapt to the place it’s happening in. It’s about thinking of new ways of doing things, as fluid as life itself. That’s why the First Roma Biennale is focusing on performance art. We ask where does everybody belong and if there are other, self-determined and artistic ways of defining this? We make the intersection of racism, sexism and homophobia visible and show that the boundaries of hostility to “the others” are easily shifted – and that at some point each of us belongs to a minority.

We therefore call on minorities of all kinds: COME OUT NOW! Stand in solidarity with each other! As the initiator of the First Roma Biennale has put it:

“From being perceived as Tramps and Thieves with togetherness we can become the Kings & Queens of Gypsyland Europa. After all, wouldn’t Europe be a more boring place without us Gypsies?”


From the 1st Roma Biennale website.

Damian Le Bas Retrospective



Retrospective of the Life Works of Damian Le Bas


The catalogue GYPSYLAND documents the retrospective of Damian Le Bas’ life work shown at Gorki on the occasion of the 1st Roma Biennale COME OUT NOW! last April. A world that has "no limitations, not confined by boundaries and borders, fluid in ideas, positive in enabling abilities, taking the negatives and making them positives." (Delaine Le Bas).

Edited by Delaine Le Bas. Published by RomaTrial in Berlin 2018.

From the Gorki website.



The Estate of Damian Le Bas
Delaine Le Bas