Here/Now

Sunshine England (2022), video still

Sunshine England

5 minutes, 42 seconds

HD video

Single-channel, Colour, Stereo, 16:9

2022

Sunshine England was filmed on Nun’s Way Recreation Ground in North Cambridge on December 9th, 2021. Looped to play continuously, the video captures a series of negotiations between four young men as they communicate across multiple languages. Responding to propositions which drew on forensic investigation patterns, wayfinding strategies and ancient symbols found in nature, their interactions on the pitch reveal an extended exchange of hand-gestures and self-directed movement. The accompanying soundtrack is a field recording made the same day at the adjacent primary school.

Sunshine England was developed through the project Here/Now, a long-term collaboration with a group of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors from Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan and The Gambia. The project, which considers resilience, presence and place, was commissioned by Kettle’s Yard and funded by Cambridge City Council with support from Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge Regional College, North Cambridge Community Partnership and Arts Council England.

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