'a lyrical and yet political journey'
(Tim Davies & David Hastie:Locws Catalogue)
The River Tawe video takes us on a journey through time - compressing a 45min boat trip through the Lower Swansea Valley. This contemplative journey through the historic industrial landscape ends with a poetic and moving performance by the Welsh concert harpist, Nia Jenkins.
'Journeying up river we pass the Hafod works where Swansea Museum archive footage infiltrates with voices from the past... "you know our names; Morris, Mackworth, ?Villiers, Vivian, Dillwyn, Grenfell.." the towns and cities streets named after them, their faces fade and the river flows on..under the bridge, creaking and dripping? and onwards up river through burgeoning banks replenished & vibrant with growth.'
Emma Safe. ?Longshore Drift? Locws Catalogue text
The fizz of the oxygenators breathe new life into the river, where once nothing would live.. now there are fish breeding, flowers growing, birds fly across our path...