Delaine Le Bas and Tara Darby:
Portrait of the Artist


28 June – 20 July 2014
Gallery Open: Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Late Opening: Thursday 10 July 6-9pm
As part of Regent See Pt. II
at 7pm:
Adornment As Activator
Alex Michon in conversation with Delaine Le Bas & Tara Darby.

MOT Projects and Space in Between are also open until 9pm


It was at Room, her first solo exhibition at Transition in 2005, that Delaine Le Bas was first introduced to the photographer Tara Darby. Over the years the two artists have developed a strong, creative, working partnership, which is reprised here for this collaborative exhibition. Portrait is something of a homecoming for Le Bas, a return to the place where it all began, and it is here that Le Bas and Darby, in a series of performative images which encompass elements of Kabuki, Lindsey Kemp and punk, defiantly play out a masquerading, androgynous costuming; a psychological exploration of the physical presence of the artist as object.

With music, photography, installation and clothing, the gallery becomes an immersive theatre of possibilities representing the many facets of the artist’s personality.

Since Room, Delaine Le Bas has exhibited widely throughout the world, including the First Roma Pavillion for the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. More recently her To Gypsyland touring project, co-curated by Barby Asante, has taken in various cities within the UK and returns to 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in June 2014. Since 2006, Le Bas has also shown extensively in Europe. Over the last year, in Poland, she created Houses as Silver as Tents, a major installation at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw and MWW, Wroclaw. For Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, she worked with the artist Iwona Zajac on their collaborative exhibition Other Sisters.

Tara Darby is a photographer and film maker whose work focuses on relationships, emotions, people and place. She contributes to many international magazines including Twin, Another, The Telegraph Magazine and The New York Times. Along with exhibiting widely, Tara's work has also been published in several books including Jenny Saville by Rizzoli, We are only Humans and Literary Journey: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Miniature Love and Waves by Oodee. She is currently working on her first feature length documentary film which she was shot in New York and Utah in Spring 2013

The show is accompanied by the zine Sister and Comrade which is available for the Transition Gallery shop or online



Delaine Le Bas and Tara Darby Portrait of the Artist is shown in tandem with To Gypsyland at I98 Contemporary Arts & Learning, London, Friday 20 June - Saturday 16 August 2014


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