Mark Wallinger talks about his dramatic re-creation of peace campaigner Brian Haw’s Parliament Square protest, State Britain, displayed at Tate Britain in 2007 , and outlines his own political stance on the Iraq war.
State Britain consists of a meticulous reconstruction of over 600 weather-beaten banners, photographs, peace flags and messages from well-wishers that have been amassed by Haw over the past five years. Haw began his protest against the economic sanction in Iraq in June 2001, and has remained opposite the Palace of Westminster ever since.
On 23 May 2006, following the passing by Parliament of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act prohibiting unauthorised demonstrations within a one kilometre radius of Parliament Square, the majority of Haw’s protest was removed. Taken literally, the edge of this exclusion zone bisects Tate Britain. Wallinger has marked a line on the floor of the galleries positioning State Britain half inside and half outside the border.