State Britain "State Britain" in the title of an installation by Mark Wallinger . you can read about it here: I want to know whether "state" in this context means "country", "government", or as it means in the US (divisions of the country)?
Apr 20, 2016 12:00 PM
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Since it is the title for a piece of art, it is open to a number of interpretations, and indeed might be deliberately ambiguous. Firstly, it is a play on words. The gallery where this was displayed is the Tate Britain. Secondly, it may well be referring to Britain as a country, or perhaps as an extra 'state' of the USA (since this artwork is criticising the UK's involvement in the US-led war). Thirdly, it could also mean 'situation/condition/status' as in 'Q: What state was the dog in when you found him? A: He was lying on floor not moving'. In which case, the artist might be encouraging viewers to think critically about the current state of British society/behaviour. In the end though, you'd either have to ask the artist, or come to your own interpretation.
April 20, 2016
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