(sun)Flower Power

Prophet, J (2023) (sun)Flower Power.

Item Type: Artefact
Creators: Prophet, J
Abstract: This series of triptych photographs is a symbolic protest against the war in Ukraine. For thousands of years in many European, Asia and African cultures, diverse symbolic meanings and languages have been assigned to flowers – this is “floriography”. Individual flower species have been associated with months of the year, used to express emotions from love to grief, and used to invoke peace. The term "Flower Power" originated in Berkeley, California, emerging from protests against the Vietnam War. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg urged protesters, provided with "masses of flowers," to hand them to police officers, the press, politicians and spectators. The prints were made by repeatedly live-mixing videos of sunflowers using video processing software. The image of the sunflower shifts, slides and distorts but never disappears. It remains beautiful, and highly coloured, resilient despite the damage. Stills were selected from hours of videos and combined into triptychs. The works are featured on the website 'Someone Prays for You', launched to raise funds for Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Since the initial launch of 'Someone Prays for You', artists Janet Cardiff, Stanislav Turina, David Blatherwick, Angela Andorrer Violetta Oliinyk, Michael Allgoewer, Denise Hawrysio, Germaine Koh, Halyna Regenbogen, and Jane Prophet have generously donated their works.
Official URL: https://www.someonepraysforyou.com/jane-prophet
Date: 2023
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2024 11:54
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 16:17
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