Pastoral Interlude, No.5 1988

Pollard, Ingrid
The series of photographs 'Pastoral Interlude' show the artist walking in the Lake District, an area seen as the epitome of authentic rural Britain. The images are accompanied with jarring text exposing the feelings of alienation and ‘otherness’ often experienced by black British people in rural areas. The series highlights how people of colour are associated with urban life in British culture, while the romantic idyll of the countryside is reliant on its contrast to city life.Pollard says of the work: "'It's as if the black experience is only lived within an urban environment. I thought I liked the Lake District, where I wandered lonely as a black face in a sea of white. A visit to the countryside is always accompanied by a feeling of unease, dread."
  • Artwork Details: 51 x 51cm
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  • Material description: hand-tinted silver print and text
  • Credit line: © the artist.
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  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACC57/1999



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