Beware of Linguistic Engineering


Exhibition by Delaine Le Bas

The British artist Delaine Le Bas, who has already participated in previous autumn salons and was featured in the most recent Berlin Biennale, shows a radical change in her practice with her latest works. From Thatcherism to Brexit, Le Bas adopts an intersectional perspective in tracing the way language is constructed by neoliberal politics, while it reproduces existing exclusions and influences collective consciousness. She also invites the cultural sector to a self-critical discourse, because in Europe, it’s only the language about socially and legally disadvantaged minorities, such as the Romani and Sinti peoples, that has changed, while neither the broader society’s view of them nor their socio-economic and legal living conditions have. By sharing her text-based paintings and drawings, her diaries, experiences, thoughts and views on today’s societal unease, Le Bas creates a very personal universe in which critique becomes a matter of collective urgency. Complementary to the show, Le Bas invites co-performers, theoreticians, curators, activists and artists to frame the exhibition in three different recurring formats.

31/March – extended until 30/September/2022
Closed during the theatre holidays from 3/July - 19/August/2022

Opening hours:
Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 20:00
Gorki Kiosk & Jurte
Free admission

Sound installation: daily 18:00 - 20:00

Photos © Maxim Gorki Theater / Photos: Egbert Trogemann

Artistic direction Shermin Langhoff Artistic direction assistance Nele Lindemann based on the exhibition Zigeuner Sauce curated by Christine Eyene in the Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery in London Installation and scenography Delaine Le Bas & Lincoln Cato Soundinstallation Justin Langlands Co-Performance Hugo S. Santos Curatorial consultant Gorki Erden Kosova Scenography Gorki Pia Grüter Scenography Assistent Alice Faucher, Inga Aleknaviciute Dramaturgy Gorki Edona Kryeziu Artistic project management Elena Sinanina Production management René Dombrowski Technical direction Joachim Hering

In der Reihe 5. Berliner Herbstsalon gefördert aus Mitteln des Landes Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.