An Exhibition by Daniel Baker
The Shine projects takes as its starting point a key quality within Romani aesthetics, or style, that of shininess. As well as emphasising the integration of artistic practice with the Romani home and daily life, the project sets out to question the boundaries between contemporary art and craft practices. Exploring the links between the traditional and the contemporary, and between domestic and professional artistic practices continues to underpin my work. These hierarchies of practice and exhibiting can otherwise be thought of as emblematic of the relationship between the marginal and the elite. By looking into the often discriminatory relationship between marginal artistic practices and those that form the centre ground we can find new ways of thinking about relationships between marginalised peoples and mainstream society to draw parallels within the wider contemporary discourse of social inequality.