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© The Estate of Donald Rodney. Presented. Museums Sheffield
Britannia Hospital 3
Date Made/Found: 1988
Artist: Donald Gladstone Rodney , British, 1961-1998
Donor: Donald Gladstone Rodney , British, 1961-1998
Material and Medium: oil pastel on x-ray
Dimensions: Overall: 830 x 4470mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5331
This work, which includes an image of a policeman from the Brixton riots and references Frida Kahlo's 'The Broken Column (self portrait)', examines the contemporary diseases of racism, injustice and brutality. This is one of three works in which Rodney explored the idea of Britain as a hospital. Rodney made extensive use of x-rays from the late 1980s, when he himself was increasingly confined to hospital. He often employed them as a metaphor for the social and political ills at the heart of British society. He wanted to 'look beneath the surface of our lives, see how we are, how the structures of society has made us what we are'.
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