"We're gonna bash you up!" Napoleon's, Bloom Street, Manchester.
Paul Harfleet is talking at 'Queer and Now' at the V&A #FridayLate on 27th February
London based artist Paul Harfleet plants pansies at the site of homophobic abuse; he finds the nearest source of soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants one unmarked pansy. The flower is then photographed in it's location and posted on this website, the image is entitled after the abuse. Titles like "Let's kill the Bati-Man!" and "Fucking Faggot!" reveal a frequent reality of gay experience, which often goes unreported to authorities and by the media. This simple action operates as a gesture of quiet resistance; some pansies flourish and others wilt in urban hedgerows.
The artist began by planting pansies to
mark his own experience of homophobia on the streets of Manchester now he
plants pansies for others both on an individual basis and as part of various
festivals and events. Perhaps most poignantly The Pansy Project also marks
locations where people have been killed as a result of homophobic attack, for
example a pansy for Michael Causer who was murdered in Liverpool in 2008
(featured in the 'plantings' tab). Explore the website for other
incarnations of the project from design collaborations (as above) to
installations and exhibitions of the photographs taken at the site of
homophobia. For further information on Paul Harfleet's practice click here.