Radio Juxtapoz Podcast, ep 24: Paul Harfleet's "The Pansy Project" and Queer Art Activism in 2019, Live From Nuart
The Radio Juxtapoz Podcast found a surprise superstar in Stavanger, Norway this year during the Nuart Festival. On a rainy day, running around the city trying to find good places for art interventions, we spent time with Paul Harfleet, the London-based artist/activist whose "Pansy Project" has been going for 15 years. The Pansy Project sees Paul "plant 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 Pansy Project being part of the Nuart Festival gave us a chance to sit down with Paul for episode 24 of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast. We talk not only talk about the origins of the project on the streets of Manchester, but the various ways queer art activism has grown in recent years and how he has been able to take his pansy work around the world. We talk about his now unique relationship to street art, and how perhaps him painting pansies could add another dimension to his work.
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