On 20 September 2011 a defaced portrait of Muammar Gaddafi arrived in Cambridge. A journalist had retrieved it from Libya at the artist’s request. A month later Gaddafi was dead. The Inquiry begins as an investigation into the “truth” about people and events as presented in the media and unravels into a caffeine-fueled frenzy of conspiracy theories. The Inquiry is particularly fixated by news coverage of the defacement and removal of political leaders in the wake of revolutionary moments and by chromakey green-screens used by television studios to project false backdrops. Another of many obsessions is the mechanism of the playing card as a means of spreading political messages.
These two installation pieces formed Caroline Jaine’s final show for her Masters in Fine Arts at Cambridge School of Art.