This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke.

Involving a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, with extensive use of collage and found objects, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity.

Fusing historical source material with a keen interest in current affairs, often through the juxtaposition or modification of existing artefacts, Locke focuses attention especially on the UK, the monarchy and his childhood home of the then newly independent Guyana.

Through appropriating coats of arms and trophies, weaponry, naval warships, public statuary and the costumes and regalia of state, Locke subtly critiques governmental authority, its iconographies and legacies.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HS

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