Light Reading’s 2008 series continues with a conversation between artists Anna Lucas and Marcus Coates. Work by Anna Lucas screened during the event will include the new works, Kaff Mariam (2007) and Una de Gato (2007).
Anna Lucas is a London based artist. Mainly working with film and video, her practice engages and develops observations of social networks and group dynamics in response to specific geographic and architectural locations. Her works foreground human interaction with the landscape and the natural environment. Her camera unobtrusively documents, distancing her subjects from the viewer, yet at the same time encourages a rigorous engagement with features of everyday life. Lucas’ work creatively integrates what could be characterised as an intuitional response to the subjects she documents, whilst still operating within a structured, cohesive framework which give her works their textured and distinctive quality.
Her recent films, collectively named Here and You’re Here, first shown at FACT, Liverpool are based on complex themes connected to plants and social networks in her local markets in Brixton, South London. Kaff Mariam and Una de Gato trace unusual plants of the same names back to their origins in the rainforest of Peru, and the deserts around Jericho, Palestine and Sinai, Egypt.
Anna Lucas has exhibited widely, with recent exhibitions at FACT, Liverpool (2007), The Delinquent Silhouette, Metropole Gallery, Folkestone (2006), A Certain Tendency In Representation, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2005), Adrift, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2004) and Bud, Spike Island, Bristol and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2003).
Anna Lucas’ recent projects include a new work Little White Feather and the Hunter which will be launched in Harwich, Essex, UK and Virginia, USA for Commissions East. In addition, she organised Land of Silence and Darkness, a series of events around perception and neuroscience as part of a Wellcome Fellowship and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University.