A lecture-performance as part of the Call the Witness Roma Pavillion.
01.-03.06.2011, Palazzo Zorzi UNESCO Venice Office Castello 4930, Venice.
Mirror Mirror is an artwork that discusses Roma art. Based on models of “reflection” between these two artists—one Roma and one non-Roma—a work is presented in the form of a lecture-performance. The format suggests the delivery of two academic papers, which reflect upon Gypsy art from two theoretical positions: American semiotics and social anthropology. Within and alongside these apparent lectures are visual and performative elements that tease out a number of aesthetic and political issues concerning Roma people through cultural representation. Images of UK Romany artists’ work are projected, including Suzye Llwyd (also known as Killi Mengri), Celia Baker, Jim Hayward, Simon Lee, and Paula Stanford. These works include drawings, sign writing, sculpture, flower making, and textiles. Material ephemera are also employed during the lectures, and are left behind in the Pavilion for display. (Daniel Baker and Paul Ryan)