Eddie Chambers
Destruction of the National Front 1979–80

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Eddie Chambers born 1960
Destruction of the National Front
Date 1979–80
Medium 4 screenprints on paper on card
Dimensions Displayed: 827 x 2392 mm
Acquisition Presented by Tate Members 2013

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The 1970s saw the rise of nationalist sentiments in some of the population and the rapid rise of the National Front, a political party which called for a ban on non-white immigration and for enforced repatriation. Destruction of the National Front is a response to the appropriation of the British flag by a racist ideology. Chambers tore up and reconfigured an image of the Union Jack as a swastika, indicating the widespread association of the NF with the Nazis. The collage, consisting of scattered fragments, is no longer recognisable as either an image of the flag or the swastika.

September 2016

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