Thomas Yeomans
    Trooping the Battle Ensign

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    Trooping the Battle Ensign is a video featuring the Transgender Pride Flag adorned with the slogan and rattle snake found on the Gadsden Flag, an early revolutionary American flag that’s recently been co-opted by the Tea Party. The background sound is a mixture of Transgender Pride protestors in Brighton accompanied by the Tea Party’s conservative members shouting. The flag waving is an emblem of government failure to protect rights or provide basic assurances to disenfranchised people. The work imagines the reconciliation of opposing groups and the co-option of enemy signs, slogans and symbols, a strategy utilised by punk culture in the 1970s.

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