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 documented in its location, the image is entitled after the abuse. Titles like “Let’s kill the Bati-man!” and “Fucking Faggot!” reveal a frequent reality of LGBTQ+ experience, which often goes unreported to authorities. This simple action operates as a gesture of quiet resistance; some pansies flourish, others wilt in urban hedgerows.
Paul Harfleet has appeared on TV, Radio and various podcasts talking about his work and has been the subject of documentaries, most notably Les Pensées de Paul made in 2015 in France by Canal+, directed by Jean Baptiste-Erreca and won several international film awards. He has also spoken at many different events from M&S HQ, the British Library and most recently at the Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway. If you’d like to book the artist for an appearance contact him here.