Pastoral Malaise (2022)


Pastoral Malaise (2022). 11mins, Scanned 16mm. Colour

Pastoral Malaise is a meditative reflection on the absences found in rural pastoral environments, that are often framed by a false romanticism and picturesque conventions, constructed as tourist sites within rural landscapes across Britain. 

The film examines these absences and ideas through a Black feminist apporach to history and memory. Inspired by Una Marson’s poem Spring In England and Dorris Henderson’s 1965 cover of the popular British folk song One Morning In May, the film recalls an imagined relationship to the English landscape told through memories and speculative histories.

All images are stills from Pastoral Malaise (2022), Courtesy of the artist.