The Last Man in Europe


Pictorial Heroes
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    Duration: 1 min

    Year: 1986

    Original formats:

    3/4" U-Matic Hi Band

    Type of work:

    Single Screen

    Funding source: Self and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art facilities

    First exhibited: 1986 As Part of 'Miniatures' compilation (various screenings UK wide)

    ‘1986 – after all the words and images – this is what’s left. A fragment found on a wasteland somewhere in Britain.’

    Looking back, this work was a response to – amongst other things – the continued laying to waste of the country’s industrial heartlands >> a sense of lost energy >> the climate of the country after the Miners Strike >>the bombing of Libya by the USA >>a reflection on the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, its effects on peoples’ environment, minds and bodies >>the sensation of realising that we’re living in occupied territory.

    This work exists as a fragment – that may be part of a bigger story…

    Sourced from Doug Aubrey’s personal archives.

    Publication of The Society of Scottish Artists 1987 exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Work shown includes Pictorial Heroes’ ÎThe last man in Europe’.pdf here

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