Emily Whitebread

2016 - 2017

Printed on aluminum

England’s history has been told and retold in many forms over the centuries. It is a country whose past has been represented in fiction, drama, poetry, art and music - the result a muddled history. Some of the most famous events in English history are fictitious, others are true but have been embellished by wild imagining. This complex and constantly evolving story of English identity is made dangerous by declaring themes as characteristics. By viewing them as concrete it denies the individual the opportunity to question and keeps them sedated by a limited and inflexible viewpoint. By creating a singular view of what it means to be English, we are superimposing and homogenising - refusing individuality - forgetting that Englishness is an old, complicated spectrum of customs and characteristics.