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Mourning Garden Blackbird

Anna Thew
1984
8 mins colour 16mm, DVD
double-screen

Mourning Garden Blackbird

My mother's garden filmed the Easter after her death.

My mother died in December. In the Spring the blossom came through as though nothing had happened. I filmed the Easter morning and evening. The sound was recorded in the same place one year before the image, that is before her death. It does not tell. It is her garden for the last time.

One film is projected above the other, from floor to ceiling, to form a column. Bird song is played on separate cassette (or CD). Super 8 blow up to 16mm by John Hall.

First shown at the Salon of '84, ICA, London, New Pluralism, Tate Gallery 1985, Défilé de Film Recadré, Film as Installation, 1995, curated by Yann Beauvais, De Ci de La du Cinéma, Écran Multiples, Projection Élargie, films de Malcolm LeGrice, Paul Sharits, Anna Thew, Gaëlle Douard, Ken Jacobs, Anthony McCall, Chapelle Oratoire, Nantes, 1995, Anna Thew Films, Lux Cinema, 1999, Villa Capriglio, Turin, 2000, Galerie Otók, Dubrovnik, 2002.

Double screen DVD commissioned for Arrangement, the use of flowers in art, an exhibition curated by Fred Mann at Rhodes Mann Gallery, London, 2003.

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