Overthrow The Social Order
Overthrow the social order
2017, Royaume-Uni, Pays-Bas, 55′
Is gender a life sentence?
Overthrow The Social Order follows celebrated British artist and activist Martin Firrell as he undertakes a large scale, nationwide public artwork to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act in the UK. The landmark piece of legislation was the first step in decriminalising homosexual men.
Martin chose not to celebrate the act, which in itself was flawed, but instead use the occasion to ask a question about the future. What would happen if we abolished gender labelling? Drawing from 1960’s feminists as well as the Gay Liberation Front, Martin noticed that both had called for a reassessment of gender. As such he began to use the anniversary to instigate a debate, firstly approaching business leaders and asking them how changing gender labels would affect the way they deal with staff and customers, and secondly with a takeover of digital billboards in the UK that presented hard hitting phrases to engage the British public in the conversation.