Carol Coates: I sent some images that have stuck in
my mind of political stories. The man shielding his son from gunfire during
the Palestinian conflict is a memorable image. I also think the tearing down
of iconic images or statues of disgraced dictators always sends a powerful
message and the large billboard of Mubarak half destroyed sticks in the mind.
Also the image of the Lockerbie bomber on the steps of the plane after release
fills me with disgust, and I've included an image of three members of the board
of BP taking the oath at the State Senate.
Alison Carter Tai:
There's an image I tore out of the Telegraph for April 21, 2011, "No oil painting:
protesters pour a black liquid over an unclothed colleague in a demonstration against
BP at Tate Britain yesterday".
There are two figures, one male and one female, either side of the naked figure who
is on the ground, curled up, hands over face, a bit like a Philip Lee, with stripes
of oil running down the body and onto the floor. They have green oil cans, and wear
black clothes and black veil cloths over their heads. It would work well as a cut out
silhouette on a banner I think, maybe with the words Tate above to make it clear? I'll
photograph the image from the paper and send shortly, if you don't know the image I mean...
When I was at junior school I remember the striking images of sea birds covered
in oil after the Torrey Canyon disaster of March 1967, off Cornwall. I made a piece
of art work then, aged 9, and remember feeling more outraged about that oil spill
than I'd ever felt about anything before in my life.
Another possible for your political banner:
I was going through my cuttings file and found I had kept an image from last year of
Pakistani protesters burning a Cameron effigy August 1 2010 - it's the Islamist group
Shabab-e-Milli. I've always been interested in Guy Fawkes guys and scarecrows and
the making of effigies, right back to Elizabeth I - and all those Catholic Easter
week processions in places like Sorrento and Marbella that I have witnessed - because of
the clothes, of course!!!
It was in Karachi on 31 July that the incident happened. Cameron had said in India that
Pakistan was exporting terrorism, and the Pakistani protesters said he had a
'loose mouth' - reminiscent of the 'careless talk costs lives' WW2 slogan! The Pakistani
ambassador to Britain said it was an immature comment from an immature politician.