Cecilia Bengolea and Jeremy Deller, Rhythmasspoetry (film still), 2015. Courtesy of Art:Concept and la Biennale de Lyon 2015.

Date: Monday, 23 May 2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Delfina Foundation
Tickets: Free. Booking now closed.

Join artist Jeremy Deller and resident Cecilia Bengolea for a talk and screening of their recently commissioned film work for the Biennale de Lyon 2015, moderated by Paul Maheke.

For this work, Deller and Bengolea explored Greater Lyon – the districts, the differences and also the connections. When Deller met Denis Trouxe, former cultural councillor for Lyon, in his cosy villa at Champagneau- Mont-d’Or (a rich suburb to the west of Lyon), Bengolea and Trouxe wrote a song – a rap with markedly ironic words – that the two artists got him to perform, along with Domy Caramel, Latys Shye and Sarah, three Dancehall dancers from Vaulx-en-Velin, in the east of the Greater Lyon area. The result is a strange video clip, both disturbing and at the same time charming, that, for the space of a few moments, brings together two sections of the same urban zone that seldom meet or speak to each other.


Jeremy Deller was born in 1966. He lives and works in London. His work is presented, among others, by the following institutions: FNAC, Paris; FRAC Nord-Pas-De-Calais; FRAC Pays de la Loire; FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu, Tate Modern, London, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Deller was awarded the Turner Prize in 2004. Exhibitions: English Magic, British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale; Sacrilege, Esplanade des Invalides, Projet Hors les Murs, FIAC 2012; Joy In People, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); D’une révolution à l’autre, Carte Blanche à Jeremy Deller, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008).

Paul Maheke‘s practice is grounded in emancipatory and decolonial thought with an emphasis on cultural identities and new subjectivities. His current research focuses – through video, installation, sculpture and furtive interventions – on the body as both an archive and a territory, as a utopia to be reimagined through different strategies of resistance. With particular attention to dance, he proposes to defuse the power relations that shape Western imaginations and to rearticulate the representations that emerge from them.

Over the past year Maheke has pursued his research initiating a series of public conversations, at Open School East, entitled Beyond Beyoncé: Use It Like a Bumper!, which considered Hip-Hop cultures through the lens of Queer and Black Feminist theory. His solo shows I Lost of The Swarm and Green Ray Turns Out To Be Mauve were respectively recently on show at the South London Gallery and Green Ray.

With Jeremy Deller, Cecilia Bengolea and Paul Maheke

Event supporters

  • Frances Reynolds
  • Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters