'Queen and Country' by Steve McQueen commemorates the British service personnel who have been killed in the war in Iraq. The project takes the form of a series of postage stamp sheets featuring photographic portraits of individual men and women who have lost their lives in the conflict so far.
Commissioned by the Imperial War Museum and the Manchester International Festival to respond to the conflict in Iraq, Steve McQueen wanted to find a way to bring these people into our everyday lives, our homes and workplaces as a reminder of our country's participation in the war. The project is both a tribute to the deceased and 'a reflection upon the validity of war, the structure of power and notions of national identity'. These stamps are facsimiles: the artist hopes that an official set of stamps might eventually be issued by Royal Mail.
'Queen and Country' was first shown at the Manchester International Festival earlier this year.