Dual screen installation, looped.
Developed during a residency with the ADRT-62 Louvre-Lens Project in the former mining town of Lens, Northern France. Fouquieres-Les-Lens coincides with the film La Mort De L’Arbre and the book series Time, Pressure, Decay.
The coal mining industry dominated the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France until the late 1980’s. The impact of the industry is still evident today, nowhere more so than upon the landscape itself. Piercing the otherwise flat horizon, hillocks of waste from coal mining are scattered across the region. Referred to as spoil heaps, or terrils in French, they can in some instances reach almost 200 metres in height, making them some of the highest in western Europe.
In rare instances a terril may begin to burn years after it has been established. Once started, it must continue to burn for an indeterminate amount of time until it exhausts itself. An example of this lies in Fouquières-lès-Lens, where through ruptured earth an acrid pall of smoke is cast over the town.
Drawing on the ephemerality of the smoking landscape, Fouquieres-Les-Lens in an attempt to capture the juncture between the present and its buried, industrialised past.
Exhibited at ‘Time, Pressure, Decay’ a solo show held at the Turner Contemporary and CRATE gallery, Margate (2015)