Broken English August '91
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Broken English August '91 1997
  • Scottish Art
This print is an extension of a work Gallaccio made for an exhibition in 1991 which consisted of a shallow tray of water, with photo-booth photographs floating on the surface. The pictures were of artists, curators, gallery staff and critics. Gallaccio explained: ‘Once I put the photographs in the water they started to form narratives, who floated next to who, who sank etc. Some of the images survived the experience, others totally washed away.’ The work is a metaphor for the transient and fickle nature of the art world. This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.

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A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Portfolio, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. GMA 4200 D
  • Medium Screenprint: 9 screens, plus varnish
  • Size 68.00 x 88.50 cm (sheet and image)
  • Credit Purchased 1998