Published May 10, 2019Petra Glynt has unveiled a video for "New Growth" from last year's My Flag Is a Burning Rag of Love.
The song was written in the wake of the #MeToo movement that took off in 2017, encapsulating both the joy that came from old power systems toppling and the strength built among those who came together to bring them down.
"While there is still no real protocol for how to address instances of sexual harassment and assault, there is so much victory in how fellow non-men strengthened their support systems as a result of #metoo," the artist tells Exclaim! "It's monumental. I was able to take a closer look at my past experiences with men and identify how many had been unacceptable; starting with my first kiss, right up until very recently in my life."
She added, "Awakening to that knowledge really moved something inside of me. It made me sick to my stomach, but it also made me feel alive and ready to dismantle the patriarchy."
The video itself reinterprets a scene from David Lynch's Wild at Heart, mirroring the "love, passion, hope, and strength" of the couple, but replacing the heterosexual couple of the original with Glynt and her own best friend as a means of putting queerness in front of the camera.
Watch the video for "New Growth" below.