With Portrait of Britain 2021 open for entries, a selection of this year’s judging panel consider why Portrait of Britain is important today — and crucially, how artists can stand out from the crowd
Tag: national identity
The project, titled Blueprints 2017-2020, distills and recaptures images from the British media that came to characterise the years following the EU referendum
Artistic duo MacDonaldStrand explore the symbolism of flags in nationalist and far-right protest marches
By physically erasing the flags from images of protest, MacDonaldStrand highlight the similarities between enraged and violent nationalist mobs in the UK and US
The new monograph is a collection of images taken between Germany and Poland, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty that characterises the future of this troubled nation.
Behind a shop vitrine, a human skull, wearing a helmet adorned with a swastika, grins. Next to it, an animal – apparently taxidermic – stands rigid on the floor. The silhouette of a pair of legs belonging to a passer-by on the street reflects in the glass. Above this desultory display, a banner stuck to the top of the window reads, “Mexico… ¡quiero conocerte!”. In this single photograph, taken in 1975 in Chiapas, Graciela Iturbide projects her vision of Mexico: a country of political, religious, social, cultural and economic pluralities and tensions. A place where contrasts present themselves at every turn – sometimes harmonious, sometimes tense.
It is this multilayered image of Mexico that Iturbide has slowly peeled back and revealed through her photography over the last five decades. She has travelled extensively across her own country, between urban and rural landscapes, living with different communities, and moving from the physical to the transcendental, the ancient to the contemporary, witnessing and experiencing the juxtapositions intertwined in Mexican culture.
“The land was forever, it moved and changed below you, but was forever.” These words…