Hadas Auerbach, Matthew Clifton, BLOAT Collective, Frances Drayson, Allan Gardner, Jonathan Kelly, Hannah Lees, James Lincoln, Luisa Mè, Irvin Pascal, Jesse Pollock, Beth Emily Richards, Giorgio Sadotti
Co-organised with Alia Hamaoui & Byzantia Harlow
11 July — 22 August 2020
Collective Ending HQ, London
Merrie Old England: a history of the enclosures, of 17th century levellerism and of kids sniffing glue in a poor seasidevillage. National pride slides into fascism and rural bliss passes into nostalgia. Yet magic and mystery remain. A Land of Incomparable Beauty presented the sinister and eldritch underbelly, the skull beneath the skin of the countryside. A “Pastoralbeat of the blood”, as Dylan Marlais Thomas once wrote, irreducible to utopian navel-gazing or macabre folk horror, it is a land consumed by belonging and alienation, psychic and political struggle. “In England's green and pleasant Land,” how rich and full of plenty it all seems.