Declan Clarke

Tate Britain

In a series of short films made over the past few years, Declan Clarke has cast a humorous and critical eye on the ways in which the history of ideas can be discerned in present-day social structures and interpersonal relationships. These works have hitherto frequently concerned themselves with major characters from British history, such as Wellington, Nelson, and Byron. The London-based artist’s Dublin roots invariably reveal themselves in juxtaposition to the Britishness of his subject matter, lending mordancy to his combinations of word and image. For his most recent work, Mine Are of Trouble, 2006, Clarke turns his attention to Rosa Luxemburg. Through still images, short video clips, voice-over, and intertitles, the film presents an account not only of the revolutionary’s life, ideas, and eventual murder, but also of how this narrative has interwoven itself with Clarke’s own life. The

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