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A Prism Splits Light (2011)

Mike Marshall

HD video for projection with sound

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum



Moving Image


HD Video, Sound


8 : 40 minutes


Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society for Worcester City Art Gallery, 2011/12

Ownership history:

Purchased from Union Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, 1 September 2012; presented to Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, 2012
Mike Marshall’s film A Prism Splits Light (2011), which was produced in conjunction with ArtSway/Stour Valley Arts and the Pharos Trust in Cyprus, where he held residencies, features an olive grove in Cyprus that is tended by a Vietnamese couple who live in a small pre-fabricated home on the land. Hoa typically wears a traditional Vietnamese conical hat when she is working, while her husband Tung often dresses in army fatigues. They work together amongst a typically Mediterranean landscape in springtime. The soundtrack of the film features a variety of birdsong along with the occasional sound of distant gunfire issuing from an army base located just over the hill.

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