Duggleby explores the stark & foreboding reality of Yarl’s Wood detention centre through delicate, poetic commentary
I came across Annabel Duggleby’s subtle and poignant video Yarl’s Wood last year at the UK Young Artists Showcase (for anyone interested in sharing work with a wider audience, check out their website). In the video, she blends poetic prose with stark imagery to tell the contradictory story of Yarl’s Wood, a detention centre built on an old Aeronautical Research site. Duggleby mines the contrasts of flight/freedom and basic imprisonment, to shed light one of the most under-reported injustices facilitated by our current government. The whole video approaches such a harsh theme with patience and delicacy, and its partially this contrast of moods which makes it so memorable.
Watch Yarl’s Wood – what visual elements highlight the tragic irony that a prison like facility should be built on a site which was used to research flight technologies? Are there other examples of juxtaposition in the video?