The Post Brexit Paradox

Emily Hesse (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formInstallation


In the first two weeks following the 2016 U.K. referendum vote to leave the European Union, I travelled the North of England daily in order to gain insights into the feelings toward the result amongst working class communities. Drawing these experiences together in a range of media, including film, ephemera, text, sculpture, ceramics, placards, literature, drawing, political handbooks and the work of other artists in the North, including the film, 'Why We Voted Leave,' by Guerrera films and found portraiture of Boris Johnson, to create the Post Brexit Paradox. A confusion of an installation that highlights the years of betrayal, sadness and loss communities in the North felt for their histories and futures.

The installation was installed at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the public workshop space I was currently using at the time to produce The Coffee House project, with Middlesbrough based refugees and asylum seekers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMiddlesbrough
PublisherMiddlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2016


  • democracy
  • Northern England
  • working class
  • art
  • installation
  • Land


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