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About the Work

I took the photographs for this work in Disneyland, California, in August 1981. As with 'Nuclear War in the UK' and 'Dachau Railway Station', subconscious collective escapism is, I suppose, one of the issues I have attempted to deal with. I found Disneyland at once cheerful and sinister. Some years ago, an American friend told me that many of his countrymen think of 'abroad' as a sort of Disneyland. Yet this place could not be more American. There is also a jokey obsession with death -- almost an attempt to exorcise it.
I have tried to show people being swept into their own creation.

(This piece forms the right panel of the Triptych on Nuclear War)

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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