Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker is an artist, curator and researcher. A Romanichal Gypsy, born in Kent (1961), he holds a PhD on the subject of Gypsy aesthetics from the Royal College of Art, London. Baker's work gained international attention at the 52nd Venice Biennale in “Paradise Lost: The First Roma Pavilion”. In 2011 he acted as exhibitor and adviser to "Call The Witness", the 2nd Roma Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. Baker’s art and writing examines the role of art in the enactment of social agency. His work can be found in collections across Europe, America, and Asia. Baker chaired the Gypsy Council from 2006 to 2009. He currently lives and works in London.


2011 PhD; Gypsy Visuality: Gell’s Art Nexus and its potential for artists, RCA, London
2002 MA Sociology/Gender and Ethnic Studies, Greenwich University, London
1983 BA Hons. Fine Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, London

Solo Exhibitions, Residencies and Commissions

100 thousand blows, Gallery8, Budapest, Hungary
Makeshifting: structires of mobility, Art Central, Barry, Wales

Makeshifting: structires of mobility, Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff, Wales
Dark Glass,
Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, Germany

Shine, Welsh assembly, Ty Hywel Building, Cardiff Bay, Wales
Shine, The Riverfront, Newport, Wales

R-in-R, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, NL

STORE, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Suspect, FEINKOST Gallery, Berlin, Germany
New Work, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK


The New Gilt, FEINKOST Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Interfere, Residency at Centre for Drawing Project Space, WCA, UAL, London, UK

Lookinglass, Novas Gallery, London, UK

No Travellers, Victoria Hall, Oakham, Rutland, UK

Bodies, Corn Exchange Gallery, Newbury, UK

Romani Jivapen Jinapen, commissioned by BAMS, British Museum, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

TITLE, film
The Travellers, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

Sites of Repressed Remembrance, Hungarian Scientific Academy, Budapest, Hungary
(Re)conceptualizing Roma Resistance, Hellerau - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden, Germany and Goethe Institut, Prag, Tschechische Republik

Under Erasure – Aspects of Romani/Gypsy/Traveller Life in Europe, Gerlesborgsskolan Bohuslan, Gerlesborg, Sweden
When that Oil Runs Out, People Will Need Horses, Rivington Place, London, UK
Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique (PRISaC), OFF-Biennale Budapest

Stopping Places IV, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, Germany
Performance Matters: Strategy, Critique and the Politics of Romani Representation in the UK and Beyond, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Houses as Silver as Tents, The Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland


Houses as Silver as Tents, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
The Legend of the Shelves, AUTOCENTER, Berlin, Germany
– Constructing Roma Cultural History, Gallery8, Budapest, Hungary
Black Butterflies, New School House Gallery, York, UK

Art on Fire, Camberwell Space, London
Elective Affinities. Imaginings of the nomadic in contemporary art, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany

Reconsidering Rroma – Aspects of Rroma and Sinti life in Contemporary Art, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Stopping Places, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, Germany
Expansive Mood, Mansion House, London, UK
54th Venice Biennale; contributor and advisor to
Call the Witness; 2nd Roma Pavilion
What the Folk Say, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK


FEINKOST Triennale, (FEINKOST, Berlin)
During Office Hours, VGF Verband Geschlossene Fonds e.V, Berlin, Germany
Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican, London, UK

Videodrome, AUTOCENTER, Berlin, Germany
Destination X, Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
Off the Shelf, Slade, UCL. London
The Atrocity Exhibition, (FEINKOST, Berlin)
Art Rotterdam, (FEINKOST, Berlin)


Sleeper, FEINKOST at Brown, London, UK
Reality Sandwiches, Art News Projects, Berlin, Germany
Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (Feinkost)
Living Together, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria – Gasteiz, Spain touring to MARCO, Vigo, Spain
Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (curated by Emma Dexter)
Hannah beyond the mirror, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
More love hours than could ever be repaid, FEINKOST Gallery, Berlin, Germany

The Forgotten Europeans, Museum of the City of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Deleted Scenes, FEINKOST Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Artissima, Turin (FEINKOST, Berlin)
Volta 4, Basel (FEINKOST, Berlin)
Volta 4, Basel (Steinle Contemporary, Munich)
Paint Lab, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Paradise Lost, Kampa Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Paradise Lost, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Brussels, Belgium
Acts & Actions, Café Gallery, London, UK
Viennafair, Vienna (FEINKOST, Berlin)
Kairos, Aflred Topfer Foundation FVS, Hamburg, Germany
Travellers, Gallery Steinle, Munich, Germany

Artissima, Turin (FEINKOST, Berlin)
CHAVI, Novas Gallery, London, UK
Nature and Society, Ethnographic Museum, Dubrovnik and Glyptotheque, Croation Academy of Science and Art, Zagreb, Croatia
52nd Venice Biennale; contributor and consultant to
Paradise Lost; 1st Roma Pavilion
Prague Biennale, Refusing Exclusion
Productive Matter, Café Gallery, Southwark Park, London, UK
No Gorgios, co-curator at Novas Gallery, London, UK
Paranoia, Freud Museum, London, UK
What are Feelings for?, Centre for Drawing, WCA, UAL, London, UK
Contemporary Gypsy, group show, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent, UK

Paranoia, Leeds City Art Gallery & Focal Point, Southend, Kent, UK
Second Site, Stephen Lawrence Gallery London, Appleby and Stowmarket, UK
When in Rome V, Third Floor Gallery, Southampton, UK


When in Rome IV, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK


When in Rome III, Castlefields Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
When in Rome II at Homeland, Spacex Gallery and concurrent venues around Exeter, UK
Passing Places, exhibition of Gypsy Culture, Hertford Museum, Hertford, UK

When in Rome I, Art House Gallery, London, UK

Paintings at Beardsmore Gallery, London, UK

Oriel Mostyn open exhibition, Llandudno, Wales
Royal Over-Seas League open exhibition, London, UK and Edinburgh, Scotland

DROM, a multimedia collaboration exploring Queer Romani identities, funded by the London Arts Board, performed at The Place Theatre, London, UK

Toynbee Hall, London, UK

Press, Bibliography and Talks

Establishing National Pavilions: Roma and Seychelles, Iniva, Stuart Hall Library, London

Gallery8, European Roma Cultural Foundation and Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space, Budapest, Hungary
Makeshifting, CCQ magazine, issue 8
The Queer Gypsy, in Roma Rights 2
Nothing About Us Without Us? Roma Participation in Police and Knowledge Production, Budapest, Hungary
Roma Aesthetics and the Mediation of Meaning, Fine Arts University, Budapest, Hungary
Acting Out, Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium, g39, Cardiff, Wales
20Roma Aesthetics, Performing Romani Identities, Strategy and Critique, CEU Summer School, Budapest, Hungary
Practices and Notions of the Migrant Image, Valand Academy, Gothenburg Sweden:
Visualidad Gitano, in Revista Bostezo

Performance Matters: Strategy, Critique and the Politics of Romani Representation in the UK and Beyond, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
WE ROMA: Theory and Practice

BecZmiana; Notes 88
Romano Kher, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
WE ROMA: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and Valiz, Amsterdam
FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin,

Wahlverwandtschaften - Imaginationen des Nomadischen in der Gegenwartskunst, Hajo Schiff, Kunstforum Nr. 215 / April-Juni 2012
Gypsy Aesthetics, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany
Strategies of Sovereignty, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany
Bohemia Revisited, The European Magazine
Wahlverwandtschaften - Imaginationen des Nomadischen in der Gegenwartskunst, Gutenberg Verlag and Druckerei GmbH, Leipzig, Germany

Reconsidering Rroma – Aspects of Rroma and Sinti life in Contemporary Art, Wallstein Verlag, Gottingen, Germany.
Was heißt denn hier Zigeuner? Bild und Selbstbild von Europas größter Minderheit, Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin

Gypsy Aesthetics, Slade School of Art, UCL, London
Mapping the Invisible: EU Roma, Black Dog, London
Art Practice as Research; Inquiry in the Visual Arts, Sage Publications, California, USA
Ex Libris, onestar press, Paris, France

Reciprocated Love, Ana Finel Honigman, ARTslanT: http://www.artslant.com/no/articles/show/5670

Breaking beyond the local; the function of an exhibition, in Third Text, Picturing Gypsies; an interdisciplinary approach to Roma representation. Vol. 22, issue 3, No 92, May: http://www.thirdtext.com/c/back-issues/092/
Centre for Drawing Project Space - Webnotes issue 4: http://cfd.wimbledon.ac.uk/webnotes/node/32

Artist’s talk; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Roma visuality and the significance of the Roma Pavilion, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy
Roma art, Fiction or Function? (dis)located subjects, (re)defined communities: Politics of representation and the role of the art in the age of global mobility, Roma Pavilion, Venice, Italy
All Roads Lead to Roma, Fiona MacDonald, Metro, 5.9.07
A szabadsag letelepitett vandorai, Bihari, Nepszabadsag, 8.8.07
Some Black Sea Pavilions, Aaron Moulton, Flash Art, July, Vol. XL No255
Research RCA, Sandra Kemp, Royal College of Art, London, 2007
Paradise Lost, Victor Misiano, Domus, May, issue 903
Paradise Lost, the First Roma Pavilion, Timea Junghaus, Prestel Verlag, Munich
Paranoia, Andrew Hunt, Art Monthly, February, issue no 303
Paranoid Visions, Colin Martin, The Lancet, 3.2.2007
Paranoid? This lot really ought to be, Peter Conrad, The Observer, 28.1.2007
Carefully Deranged, Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Sunday Telegraph, 21.1.2007


Meet Your Neighbours, Contemporary Roma Art from Europe, Timea Junghaus, Directory of Roma Artists, for The Open Society Institute
Funny ha ha, (essay commenting on media representation of Roma) in Catalyst magazine, The Campaign for Racial Equality, 8.12.2006
Catalyst Magazine, Abigail Dunn, 7.7.2006
Paranoia, Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 5.7.2006
Second Site – the Caravans roll into town, Sarah Vine, The Times, Section 2, 27.2.2006

Artist’s talk; ‘Silenced Voices’ – PEN International, Royal Festival Hall, London