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Sean Edwards
Refrain, 2019
Radio play performed by the artist’s mother, Lily Edwards,
20 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin


Refrain is Sean Edwards’s mother’s story a poetic exploration of place, class and politics. Conceived and written as a radio play by Edwards and performed by his mother, from her home,  it deals – as Edwards says – with ‘a sense of ritual, of activity, of hesitations, of falters, of mistakes.’ The repeated, stammering, ‘un-un-un-un-un’ which punctuates the monologue is a refrain that is echoed in the stitching of Edwards’s brilliantly coloured wholecloth quilts, which originally formed part of the sculptural installation for which Refrain was  created.