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Modern Nature, Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman,

Modern Nature

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Derek Jarman
Modern Nature: Journals, 1989 – 1990
336 pages 

To celebrate her solo exhibition, Green in the Grooves at Camden Art Centre, we offer Tamara Henderson's reading list exclusively selected by the artist.

In 1986 Derek Jarman discovered he was HIV positive and decided to make a garden at his cottage on the barren coast of Dungeness.

Facing an uncertain future, he nevertheless found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants. While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness.

Modern Nature is both a diary of the garden and a meditation by Jarman on his own childhood, his time as a young gay man in the 1960s, his renowned career as an artist, writer and film-maker. It is at once a lament for a lost generation, an unabashed celebration of gay sexuality, and a devotion to all that is living.