Stays at the coast:
12 – 13 May 2018
8 – 13 October 2018
Sonia Levy spends time at the coast to develop and produce a new two-channel video work, For the Love of Corals, in the run up to her solo show at Obsidian Coast.
For the Love of Corals documents coral reproduction research in the basement of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, where a team of scientists has simulated the environmental conditions of the Great Barrier Reef and become the first in the world to spawn corals in a laboratory. Levy focuses on the daily labour of caring for endangered beings to resuscitate them from imminent extinction and to help the species adapt to human-induced climate change. The technology of the ad hoc laboratory; the complexity of marine ecologies; and the intimacy of providing care converge in the precision of sustaining coral IVF. While keeping the coral in captivity is, dishearteningly, the fundamental condition of Craggs’ research, the scientists and the coral also become entangled in sharing a space for living, working and world-making, expanding the range possible worlds in common.
Sonia Levy is a French artist whose research-led practice considers new forms of engagements with nonhuman life forms. Her installation, sculpture, drawing and video works operate at the intersection of art and science, interested in redefining our relationship with the Earth.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: The Húsavík Whale Museum, Iceland; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; The Showroom, London; The Historic Dockyard, Chatham; Pump House Gallery, London; and Sector 2337, Chicago. Her work has been published in Verdure Engraved, The Learned Pig and Billebaude, and she recently presented her research at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Centre for Environmental Humanities, Aarhus.
More information on For the Love of Corals here.