As the light turns

As the Light Turns locates at its heart weeds, plants, woods, and gardens that act as insurgents in and through their refusal to be categorised, resisting unitary readings of gender, desire, longing, and sexuality. Decidedly post-human in its position, the work develops out of a walk in the forest in the mountains, in the dense of the night, where three individuals have a queer encounter; it then cuts to a garden in Karachi that is brimming with primordial sexuality; and further zooms into the interaction of two trees that communicate, in their own way, an embodied desire. Here, the turn of the light is significant not only for Cestrum nocturnum to conjure its scent, but for queerness to surface in, around, and with trees. The work is centred around a publication, which is pieced into thirteen parts, and the accompanying visual and sensory components make visible, activate, obscure, redact, complicate, and situate the text—also hoping to resist unitary readings in their own way.