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‘A1: Britain on the Verge’, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, 16 January 2018 – 20 January 2018

King, SL; (2019) ‘A1: Britain on the Verge’, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, 16 January 2018 – 20 January 2018. [Review]. Object 10.14324/111.040. Green open access

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Abstract

Peter Dench’s recent exhibition at Art Bermondsey Project Space has a contentious title, ‘A1: Britain on the Verge’. Taking its name, on the Verge, from the preface to Paul Graham’s 1983 photobook, A1: The Great North Road, Dench’s project is a study of Britain in the wake of the European Union membership referendum. If Dench’s task, as he implies, is to comprehend the complex and contradictory motives that compelled voters on June 23, 2016, how – if at all – does he achieve this aim? Thirty years on from Graham’s project, how does Dench chart the shifting socio-political and economic landscape in Britain in the referendum’s aftermath? Ultimately, this review argues that Dench’s project is limited by his failure to seriously engage with documentary and its histories.

Type: Article
Title: ‘A1: Britain on the Verge’, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, 16 January 2018 – 20 January 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.040
Publisher version: http://ojs.lib.ucl.ac.uk/index.php/OBJ/article/vie...
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of History of Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066267
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