Garden’s Don’t Lie…is a contemporary documentary art video which explores how our gardens can reveal the truth about our values and the lives we lead. It thematically explores three gardens and the relationship their owners have to their plots of land. Conceived and shot by artist Mona Khizam in the South Australian suburbs of Elizabeth Grove, Parkside & Salisbury, the video is the third work in the OSCA commissioning series Projects of the Everyday, that seeds, develops and presents artist-led projects in innovative spaces of creativity, making and experimentation.
Gardens Don’t Lie… looks beyond the public face of suburban gardens and explores the factors that make each of these 3 gardens what they are today: a garden where community is routinely grown alongside vegetables, a garden that brought to the fore a man long considered lost, and a memorial garden, forever caught in a moment of time.
Gardeners – Mrs and Mr Manglaras, Norris Ginger (pictured) and Joe Kielnerowski of Joe’s Connected Garden.
Gardens Don’t Lie was initially shown – as a work-in-progress – at the inaugural SAGA: Adelaide International Woman’s Film Festival and Fontanelle Gallery, Port Adelaide in 2018.