Thy Cities Shall With Commerce Shine—Part I & Brexit News Archive

Hattie Wade

Keywords: Heritage, Education, Monument,

Hattie Wade is a research-based artist and designer between London and The Hague. She is interested in how past institutional violences are reproduced through legal and legislative frameworks, heritage protection, and the forms the dissemination of this information takes. She critically researches, dismantles, and rebuilds to make tangible that which is not, taking the form of digital, video and spatial work.

Graduation Project

Thy Cities Shall With Commerce Shine—Part I

Heritage is a political resource that is used to create and define a national identity. From a young age, Britons are educated in nationalist pride through sites of heritage—but as these narratives are almost exclusively based on the notion of a heroic past, structural forgetfulness is created through selective memory.

Thy Cities Shall With Commerce Shine is an upcoming four-part video series that addresses legislative injustice using one insurance marketplace—Lloyd’s of London—as a springboard. Part I calls attention to their custom Grade I listed building, and questions why is it that this building is listed as Britain’s youngest monument?

Shown alongside: Brexit News Archive (on-going)

In 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was killed on the campaign trail for the EU referendum by a right-wing supremacist shouting ‘Britain first’.

On the anniversary of her death in 2018, a debate began about inflammatory language being used in parliament, the soundbites that followed in the British press and the tone this set for the public. Printed press in the UK is largely unregulated, which is precisely why it needs scrutiny.

Dating back to this debate in 2018, Brexit News Archive aims to be a publicly accessible tool for research surrounding printed news articles relating to Brexit. Its current form collects news from five major British newspapers spanning five years between the referendum and Brexit.

The Unjust Corporate Body and Soul


Drawing on critical legal studies and cultural theory, the Unjust Corporate Body and Soul explores the legal form of the corporation—how it came to be, how it has come to be so close to us, and what happens should injustice occur. The thesis begins by narrating through structure of the corporation—in law, a ‘legal person’—giving form to its ‘body’. Chapter two considers the relational space that the corporate body occupies and commodifies in order to get close to the ‘natural’ human. Here, the disparities between human relationality, and the economising behaviour of the corporation—the corporate ‘soul’—are shown. Finally chapter three looks at how we can start to refuse corporate personhood and reclaim the justice that the corporate form and the law surrounding it made impossible.