August 31, 2013
At the invitation of Gordan Hall and the Center for Experimental Lectures, Alhena wrote and delivered a lecture about gardens as non-binary sites of death and becoming. The lecture was delivered during an event hosted at The Shandaken Project.
Go into a garden - full of plants, herbs, flowers and weeds. As Giacomo Leopoldi says, 'Everywhere you look, you will find pain'. Loosely based on three years of research about Hannah Höch and her inner exile through World War II, Alhena's lecture explores normative drag via the stories of gardeners: Medlar Lucan & Durian Gray, Hannah Höch, Derek Jarman and Vita Sackville-West.
In 2009, Alhena received a Scottish Arts Council Development Bursary to travel to Berlin where she visited Höch's home, garden, and archives at Berlinische Galerie.
Follow this link for a video and downloadable transcript.