London

Mark Wallinger

Anthony Reynolds Gallery

“In the beginning”: the first words of the Bible; THE END: the first words of Mark Wallinger’s new film. Almost twelve minutes long, The End, 2006, is a sequence of names scrolling slowly up the center of the screen, like the credits concluding a movie, listing every person in the Old Testament (plus a few verses of the New), in order of appearance. GOD. ADAM. EVE. CAIN, it starts, finally ending—hundreds of unfamiliar, mostly male, names later—with JOSEPH. MARY. JESUS. This last name rolls up and offscreen at the end, ascending into the ceiling, as it were. Nearly all of the names are decidedly “other” for a Westerner—Ammon, Rahab, Achen, Zabdi, Zerah; of unmistakably Jewish and Middle Eastern origins, these names plainly connect Christianity to the faraway cultures many Christians now feel so disconnected from—indeed, to the peoples we are at war with. Especially when

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