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Channel 4 – Grayson Perry: Divided Britain (2017)

Ch4 Grayson Perry Divided Britain

At the start of this year, Grayson Perry set out to make art about what he calls ‘the most divisive issue of my lifetime’: Brexit. He wanted to seek suggestions, dig into the data and visit the two sides’ heartlands. But in the middle of his investigations, Theresa May called a snap election. So in this one-off special, Grayson tries to get at what lies beneath both momentous choices, uncovering the emotions, beliefs and desires that drive our loyalty to one political tribe or another, and to capture what he’s found in a monumental new work. Grayson spends time in Boston in Lincolnshire, the most Leave-voting place in Britain, and also in Hackney in London, where 78% voted to Remain, trying to understand both sides. In a radical departure from his usual artistic practice, Grayson also uses social media to crowdsource the content of the works he’ll make about it, asking the rest of us for ideas and contributions.

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