State Britain

State Britain – Mark Wallinger

A recreation of the protest camp set up by peace campaigner Brian Haw in Parliament Square in London from 2001 – 2006.

“During the fabrication of the installation it became apparent that, if taken literally, part of the Tate Britain site actually fell within the circumference of the one-kilometre exclusion zone inside which, under SOCPA’s new stipulations, protests against Parliament could not take place without police permission. To emphasise this fact, Wallinger marked a line on the floor of the galleries at the point where the exclusion zone ended, and positioned State Britain half inside and half outside the area.” – Tate

Medium: installation from wood, hardboard, cardboard, fabric, paint, printed paper, photographs and other materials Date: 2007