Safe European Home? is an ongoing project that takes different artistic forms. Art and performance as an educational tool as a political statement. Creating a space where a different conversation can take place about the current state of the Safe European Home?
During this time of unprecedented migrant and refugee movement across Europe, artists Damian and Delaine Le Bas focus on those who inhabit the outside edges of society. Damian is an Irish Traveller, Delaine an English Romany and together they are familiar with issues of displacement, borders and boundaries, which so often become the focus of their work, real or imagined.
Historical positioning of Roma within this context which informs the current position and crisis regarding migration particularly concerning social status in terms of the ability to move and work within Europe. The potential of new ways of living and contested space.
Damian’s painted maps sit alongside Delaine’s textiles, banners and ephemera, creating an environment that allows us to consider the precariousness of life on the periphery. This exhibition creates a space to discuss the rise of the nation state and the historical contexts that informs our current political situation. The title itself is taken from a Clash song, a band well known for taking an active anti-fascist stance.
Safe European Home? was first constructed outside the parliament building Vienna in 2011 and has subsequently been installed in various forms in Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin and Thessaloniki.
SAFE EUROPEAN HOME? IS AN TRAVELLING INSTALLATION BY DELAINE AND DAMIAN LE BAS SINCE 2011