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2013 venice biennale #5…

I hate nationalism and banging on about your own country so it is with some reluctance that i must admit that in a lacklustre biennale i really did love the Jeremy Deller show “English Magic” in the Great Britain Pavilion…focusing on British society – its people, icons, myths, folklore and its cultural and political history…anyway it gets a post to itself:

“A Good Day for Cyclists” …a giant bird of prey which is seen clutching a crumpled Range Rover in its claws. The target being the privileged protection enjoyed by whoever shot down a pair of rare hen harriers over the Sandringham estate in 2007. Only Prince Harry and his friend were known to be shooting at the time…

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Relating to this there was the possibility in the show to stamp your own version of this…it became a lord-of-the-rings type challenge for me to keep the damn thing from getting creased and tattered before i could get it home to relative safety…! managed it though…

watching “English Magic”

“St Helier on Fire” (following a riot against Jersey’s status as a tax haven)

Neolithic arrowheads – a recurring motif throughout the show alongside hand axes, all found in the sludge of the Thames River.

“We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold” shows the socialist designer William Morris lifting Roman Abramovich’s yacht and dunking it into the Venice sea to a watery death…i love this!