M I L K + H O N E Y is a double video projection with sound by Irish visual artist Andrew Duggan with sound composition by Con Horgan. It features a male and female performer each occupying a fixed frame, separated.
The work is a mediation on the human condition. Two performers are in a solitary state yet interdependent. One frame needs the other to understand itself. While one performer [pregnant] tries to hold onto the steady flow of honey but inevitable cannot, the other becomes drenched in milk, ladened. Both undergo the experiences in isolation, yet they are related; they are independent cells connected by the construction of form. As viewers we can make the connections between the projections, between the performers and the materials. And within the context of a pesthouse, a refuge, a quarantine station we cant help but be drawn to the healing and nurturing power of the materials and the idea of ‘a promised land’, a future beyond the now.
My work aligns itself with what I see as the underlying sense of optimism of the Lazaretta project. There is a narrative on the role of “ideological” and “”utopian” governance underpinning the project and clearly evident in the work.
Andrew Duggan is recipient of the Arts Council Creative Development Award 2020-21, Scéim Sparánachta na hEalaíon, Ealaín na Gaeltachta 2020-21 and The Arts Council of Ireland COVID 19 Response Award 2020.
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