PRINT Summer 2001


Best known outside the UK for his sardonic send-ups of all things English, Mark Wallinger has emerged as a figure whose themes extend well beyond the manners and mores of the land of John Bull. On the occasion of the artist's selection as Britain's representative to the Venice Biennale, critic Rachel Withers examines a body of work that lately seems as concerned with God as Country.

MARK WALLINGER ISN'T KEEN ON AIR TRAVEL. Flying isn't the problem, he explains; it's the airports. Checking in, navigating passport control, getting electronically frisked for contraband, running the gauntlet of customs officers: These procedures make him feel the state's full weight bearing down. So when Wallinger and his team breezed into London City Airport and shot the video for his installation Threshold to the Kingdom, 2000, without a scrap of authorization, a small revenge was scored. They set up the

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