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History is Written by the Winners

Gubb, Mark ORCID: (2014) History is Written by the Winners. [Show/Exhibition]

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This exhibition included new works in sculpture, video, sound, installation and photography, reflecting on a series of historic episodes of political and cultural turmoil, re-interpreting them through the lens of popular culture. The show’s title refers to a phrase often (mis)attributed to Churchill, but for which there is little actual evidence that he coined, and was also used as the title of a video work in the show that paired the audio track from the UK’s ‘funniest ever TV moment’, where Del-boy falls through the bar at his local boozer, with the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue during the last war with Iraq. Quickly adopted as shorthand for the ‘liberation’ of Baghdad, the iconic footage is now indicative of a more complicated revision of recent history. The thread of implied violence that ran throughout was balanced with a dark humour with references to pot noodles, classic TV comedy, literature and rock music.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Exeter, Winston Churchill, JFK, Ginsberg, Weltschmerz, Only Fools and Horses
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Copyright Info: S Mark Gubb 2014
Depositing User: Mark Gubb
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 11:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2021 15:17

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