Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty, 2011

 

Single channel film with sound 4 mins.
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Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty is a mesmerising film of a man the artist invited to perform in a maximum security prison. The man dances with a lawnmower to the music of a harrowingly beautiful waltz, in an area surrounded by alarmed perimeter fencing and razor wire.

The lawn being mowed is in an oasis in the prison – a space that offers a respite from the confinement of the prison cells, the cold metal and harsh concrete – it almost seems surreal. The air seems sweeter and fresher here. The waltz is filled with hope but is underwritten with a score of despair.