by Polly Borland
bromide print, November 1999
19 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (495 mm x 391 mm) overall
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Taken in Tatchell’s London flat, photographer Polly Borland styled this portrait in the manner of a police mug shot. The portrait references Tatchell’s prosecution, following his attempted citizen’s arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for human rights violations during Mugabe’s visit to London the previous month. It also refers to Tatchell's denunciation in the press as a ‘homosexual terrorist’, following the outing of ten Church of England bishops in 1994 by LGBT direct action organisation OutRage!.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cave, Nick (preface) Conrad, Peter (introduction) Ginnane, Virginia (interviews), Polly Borland: Australians, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 25 May - 17 September 2000), p. 63
- Tinker, Christopher, Speak its Name! - Quotations by and about Gay Men and Women, 2016, p. 309
- Toksvig, Sandi; Dyer, Richard, Gay Icons, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 July - 18 October 2009), p. 98
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Events of 1999back to top
Current affairsFollowing referendums in 1997, The Scottish Parliament is opened and Welsh Assembly established in 1999. The new Scottish Parliament has the powers to pass legislation and alter tax. The Welsh Assembly currently has less legislative authority but controls a budget for Wales and can amend legislation passed by Westminster.
The House of Lords Act removes all but 92 Hereditary Lords from the second chamber.
Art and scienceTom Stoppard and Marc Norman's film, Shakespeare in Love wins the Oscar for Best Picture. The film, starring Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and Colin Firth, among other British screen stars, provides a fictitious account of the events that inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet.
InternationalNATO begins a bombing campaign against the government of Yugoslavia following the breakdown of the Rambouillet Accords that attempted to grant Kosovo autonomy within Serbia under NATO administration. After nearly three months of bombing, Slobodan Milosevic agreed to allow a peacekeeping force to enter Kosovo and the province was placed under a United Nations Interim Administration.
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