In 2000, Nick Knight and Lee McQueen collaborated on their Angel installation for the Festival de Avignon, exhibited in La Beauté en Avignon. The work was composed of 80 gallons of live dyed maggots arranged in the shape of an angelic face. Seated upon a tall circular silver font and adorned with blue neon, the installation aesthetically mirrored the fly killers found in butchers shops. As the maggots transformed to flies, the facial form completely disintegrated, turning black.
The newly edited footage reveals the preparation for the installation, alongside interviews with Knight and McQueen focusing on the ideas behind it: ‘You get the most beautiful girl made out of the most grotesque thing. It transcended that - we didn’t want to put any protocol on the image. I don’t believe in stereotyping..I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ McQueen explains.
In conjunction, Lou Stoppard interviewed Knight about the installation. Knight forthrightly discusses his long term collaboration with McQueen and Björk and the significance of maggots. 'The maggot itself is an interesting phenomenon. Without maggots, you don’t have life. Maggots take away the disease from death,’ Knight explains.