Queen and Country by Steve McQueen

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"In September 2007, Queen and Country was presented by The Art Fund to the Imperial War Museum, where it forms part for the permanent collection. It will be on public display until 6 January 2008.

But the work, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum and Manchester International Festival, is incomplete. Steve McQueen's original vision was for a set of official postage stamps to be issued by Royal Mail.

The Art Fund now seeks public support to allow the artist to complete this powerful and moving work of art by issuing stamps for circulation.

During the six days McQueen spent in Iraq, he was moved and inspired by the camaraderie of the servicemen and women that he met. He proposed that portraits of those who have lost their lives during the conflict be issued as stamps by Royal Mail.

‘An official set of Royal Mail stamps struck me as an intimate but distinguished way of highlighting the sacrifice of individuals in defence of our national ideals.

The stamps would focus on individual experience without euphemism. It would form an intimate reflection of national loss that would involve the families of the dead and permeate the everyday – every household and every office.’ Steve McQueen

While discussions were under way with Royal Mail, Steve made Queen and Country - a cabinet containing a series of facsimile postage sheets bearing multiple portrait heads, each one dedicated to an individual, with details of name, regiment, age and date of death printed in the margin.

The images were chosen by the families of the deceased.

Viewers are invited to pull out the double-sided panels bearing the sheets from a wooden box and thereby create an intimate space to contemplate the imagery.

However, until Royal Mail agrees to issue the stamps, the artist considers the overall work incomplete.

Please help him achieve his aim by adding your name in support of this project."

An excellent idea, but before they're printed they had better be proofed as I've spotted one mistake already - Corporal John Johnston Cosby The Light Infantry. It should read Devon and Dorset Light Infantry



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