2017-2018 Greg Salter: Homelessness in Post-War British Art

(This event took place on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.)

In 1968, Gilbert And George performed Underneath The Arches. Dressed in flannel suits and with their heads and hands painted, the artists performed as ‘singing sculptures’, miming or singing along to a song by the music hall double act Flanagan and Allen. This paper explores how homelessness and the enduring power of war and reconstruction were aspects of this work. It also considers how these themes endure in their Dirty Word series – a series of photo works that explored aspects of the home, the city, race, and violence that dealt with fears about social collapse and the threat of the return of a war won over thirty years before.

Greg Salter is a Lecturer in History of Art at University of Birmingham.

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