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Scans from Prints 74 | | Pradip Malde - Part 2017
Medals for the Gladiator, (i), Berriedale, Orkney, 1984. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose paper (Van Gelder simili japon) from original 18x24cm inch negative. This is the first (left-hand) part of a diptych. I'll post the right-hand part tomorrow. These, along with the recently posted and early 'Campsite for the Non-Citizen' photographs, anticipated a later group of works by that same name. And all of these arose from a troubling (to me) sense of a kind of civil order that began to bud with the Reagan/Thatcher era. The West's reaction to 9-11, the rise of fundamentalist and populist/nationalist undertows, and this latest madness with the Trump administration, along with neoliberal interludes merrily danced to by centrist, so-called lefties leaves me feeling more in sync with images like the one above than ever before. There was a time when I really thought this work was fanciful and mannered. Now, I am left scratching my head and wondering how could I have ever done this,