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Anna Lucas is an emerging artist/filmmaker increasingly recognised for her film and video installations that transform daily experience into epic drama or sensual intimacy. Adrift, Lucas' major new installation for Chisenhale Gallery focuses on travel, displacement and migration. Adrift combines film projections, still images and sound, forming cinematic interludes that are inflected with reverie and tenderness, disquiet and departure. In Adrift, visitors move through an assembly of Super-8 films and projected slides shot by Lucas around the world. Images of movement and passage form a thread throughout the installation: ports, ferries and embarkation are soundtracked by Lucas’ field recordings of public gatherings, overheard music, birds, wind, helicopters and thunder. Lucas' idiosyncratic film language is foregrounded in her long takes, rich filmic sensibility and use of classical framing. This is often combined with her depictions of imperfect landscapes, utilitarian architecture and temporary resting places. Adrift is Anna Lucas' first solo exhibition in London. Lucas was recently the Henry Moore Fellow at Spike Island, Bristol, where she presented her video installation Bud in April 2003, which then toured to that year’s Melbourne Biennale. Lucas has produced numerous films working closely with her subjects and collaborators: The Space Between Your Mind and Eyes (2001, commissioned by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham); Viva Great Yarmouth! (2000, collaboration with poet John Cooper Clarke); and Just a Moment (1999, Prema Arts Centre residency). Lucas’ has also worked with Channel 4, Resonance FM, Dance for the Screen and Poetry International. Adrift is commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Picture This Moving Image, Bristol and is supported by Film London. Pressetext

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Anna Lucas - Adrift