During the lockdown, Frith Street Gallery have been making available films normally only seen during exhibitions. This week (until Monday 18 May 2020) sees Cornelia Parker. The three films (Left, Right & Centre, Election Abstract and Thatchers’ Finger) were made during Parker’s tenure in 2017 as the first ever Election Artist. Parker, with her modus operandi of slowing down violent events for a closer look and apocalyptic subject matter, was an inspired choice. Whilst an election had not been due until 2020, Theresa May called the snap election in the hope of gaining a larger majority in the face of disastrous Brexit negotiations. Parker was tasked with making sense of the polarised dystopian political landscape.
Thatcher’s Finger is a study of the bronze statue in Parliament’s lobby. It is haunting and dramatic, and like the shadow itself, slides into your subconscious, lurking there, and slipping out at odd moments. Watch it now.