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Anna Lucas, Atlantic Botanic, 2007. Installation view at FACT.

Anna Lucas: Here and Your Here

In 2007, we presented new commissioned video work filmed in London, the Middle East and Peru - it continued our commitment to commissioning outstanding new work in moving image and new media. We commissioned London based artist Anna Lucas to make three major new works for her solo exhibition, that investigated the promise of nature and new technologies.

Lucas' extraordinary films observe social netwroks and group dynamics in specific geographic locations. She has an ability to transform seemingly unspectacular moments into those of epic profundity, combined with her astute awareness of the politicality of film and video and use of carefully orchestrated soundscapes position her as one of the most interesting artists working with moving image today.

The first of the new works commissioned for this exhibition, Atlantic Botanic, was filmed in London and became the precursor to Kaff Mariam, shot in various parts of the Middle East, and Uña de Gato, filmed in Peru. This new body of work explores the social, scientific and spiritual subcultures surrounding a number of exotic plants traded in Brixton Markets, and traced back to their countries of origin. They are presented alongside Lucas' oldest work in film San Cristobal, shot in Barcelona in 1992.

The works in this exhibition offer poignant reflections on a period of ongoing political unrest and scientific discovery. The US government and pharmaceutical companies are currently investigating indigenous plants in environmentally sensitive areas such as the Amazon rainforest, as botanic research is used to track climate change. Meanwhile, bedouin tribes continue to use plants such as the Kaff Mariam to bring new life and increase fertility to the landscapes of the politically volatile Middle East. Lucas' timely investigations highlight the hidden significance of local knowledge against a backdrop of global concern.

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