05 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
Carlos Casas (b. 1974, Spain) is a filmmaker and visual artist currently based in Paris whose work cuts across cinema, documentary filmmaking, visual arts, and sound. Remote territories and the most extreme natural environments on the planet are the subject of his investigations which unfold through extended fieldwork and long research processes driven by an unquenchable quest for the unknown. His works have been featured in major international film festivals and they have exhibited at BMW Tate Live Exhibitions, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2017); Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2017); and Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2010), amongst many other venues. His last three films, Cemetery, Avalanche, and End received numerous awards at international festivals in Torino, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.
The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 can perhaps be considered the last grandiose natural disaster before the advent of moving images. For Casas, the historical eruption is an active producer of multiple narratives and imaginaries. Fascinated by its sublime stature and by the unique visual, sonic, and meteorological phenomena occurred in the aftermath of the eruption, the artist aims to investigate its socio-symbolic entanglements with Indonesia’s colonial history while also continuing his longstanding meditation on how natural disasters affect our understanding of nature and of our position on the planet. Through archival research and on-site shooting, the artist will collect historical, optical, and sonic data from various research stations and archives in Singapore and Indonesia in preparation for a new work.