Between the Acts, Part III – Folly Marches On

A video projection and collection of scanned newspaper photographs representing the three Conservative Prime Ministers who instigated and oversaw Britain’s withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The sequence begins with a single image of David Cameron, the British prime minister who agreed to hold a referendum on continued EU membership in 2016, which led to the invoking of Article 50. Theresa May became only the second female British prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and served 1095 days during which time she failed to pass the Brexit legislation on which she had staked her reputation. The sequence finishes with a series of images of Boris Johnson, who succeeded May claiming he would “get Brexit done”.

‘The Crying Game’ is a series of viewmaster slides depicting some of the most common gendered tropes in the media portrayal of May, a politician who was often represented with relentless close-ups and an almost forensic exposure.