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Kettle, A.M., 2014.

Golden Dawn

Output Type:Artefact
Venue:Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London represented by Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London

Golden Dawn, is a single monumental work which reimagines the moment of expulsion of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party from the Greek government in 2013, a subject which held resonances for me beyond the surface narrative. This moment offered the potential for a new understanding of the myth of Ariadne and allowed the layering of an autobiographical alongside the political meaning, drawing upon the symbolic and indexical element of gold thread. As Manuel Lisboa states, 'national politics finds expression through the familiar lexicon of interpersonal relations' (Lisboa 2003:2). In Golden Dawn, far right politics is seen through the discourse of insider/outsider, and the feminine outlook is articulated within the pictorial narrative using golden thread to confront conflict in decorative terms.