Gilbert and George talk about the British art scene, Occupy London, being artists in the Thatcher years, marriage and the popularising of art in a rather good read of an interview in the New Statesman, which you can read here.
George She's very controversial.
Gilbert But saying you were Conservative was like committing suicide in the art world . . .
You've said if forced to, you'd have sided with the bankers against the St Paul's protesters. Is that position in itself a subversive one?
George No, it's very simple - if you're going to have lunch, serve a dozen oysters and bottle of Chablis, not a nut roast and an organic cider!
And did you go to the Occupy camp?
Gilbert We might have been past it a couple of times . . . It reminded us too much of '68. They look like hippies as well. And - they are middle class, not poor people.
Have you ever felt involved in gay politics?
George We have a special, subversive way to work that is even more powerful. We were a same-sex couple for long enough and they changed the law on civil partnerships. I'm sure we were a small part of that. Not because we said something about it: we did it by example.
Gilbert and George's current exhibition East London Stories is currently on at the White Cube gallery, more info here.
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