Ellie Kyungran Heo: Plantarians (2017 – 2020)

6 November, 2021
– 11 December, 2021
Wed-Sat, 12-4pm
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 7JF

LUX is delighted to present the first UK solo exhibition by South Korean artist Ellie Kyungran Heo, featuring her latest moving image project Plantarians (2017-2020), in partnership with the London Korean Film Festival.

Ellie Kyungran Heo’s work considers the ethics of coexistence, attending to the underlying environmental conflicts in everyday lives. Her reframing of encounters between humans and nature reveals an intricate web of interdependence and questions anthropocentric perspectives. Punctuated by humour and irony, Heo’s works are filled with social and ecological entanglements, in which the multiplicity of discourse is celebrated.

Heo’s observational approach to documentary is often interposed with staged gestures which hint at the artist’s uncertainty and open-ended curiosity, offering a self-reflexive mode of filmmaking as a way of coexisting. With its distinctive sensitivity and rigour, Heo’s film, as Gareth Evans writes, “resists easy co-option. It resists for a little while the ongoing erasures. It says like all works of worth, ‘this was’, ‘this is’, ‘remember’”.

Plantarians (2017-2020) is a rumination on entangled relationships between humans and plants in urban spaces. Divided into episodes, each follows individuals who cultivate, eat and accompany plants in celebration and grief. These everyday activities become strangely unfamiliar through unhurried attention to the moments of survival and resilience of plants between the cracks, on the peripheries of gardens and within human-made surroundings. The subtle shift in perspective elicits a sense of ambivalence, imagining how plants might endure, interact with and be vulnerable to the interruptions inflicted upon them. Plantarians poses a fundamental question around interdependent relations, both conflicting and intimate, and how we co-inhabit this planet with all living beings.

The exhibition at LUX features a collection of short films, photography and video installation that form the latest iteration of the Plantarians episodes, accompanied by a commissioned essay and related programmes.

The first iteration of Plantarians was screened at LUX in 2017. This time, the project returns to the site as an expansive body of work, marking the occasion of welcoming Heo’s films to the LUX Collection. Plantarians has been developed during Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2017; Summer Lodge Residency, Nottingham Trent University 2018; Jan van Eyck Academie Residency 2019-2020 and supported by The Elephant Trust and Arts Council Korea.

The exhibition is supported by the London Korean Film Festival and presented in the context of the Artist Video Strandfor the 16th edition of the festival.

Related Events: 

  • A Plant/Human Encounter | Sat 20 November / 3pm at LUX (RSVP required)
    • A botanical lecture and artistic exploration event hosted by Dawn Sanders (Botanical educator and researcher, University of Gothenburg), Atzi Muramatsu (Multi-disciplinary composer) and exhibiting artist Ellie Kyungran Heo. More information will be released on the LKFF and LUX websites.
  • Online Screening: Island | 27 – 28 November on the LUX Website

    • Ellie Kyungran Heo’s earlier work Island (2015) will be available on the LUX website.

Safety Information

  • All visitors and staff are asked to wear a face mask unless they are exempt from this requirement. We will have disposable masks available at the reception.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided on the entry to the building.
  • Please adhere to social distancing to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
  • Please stay home if you feel unwell.

If you have special access needs to attend our events please contact us at +44(0)20 3141 2960 or [email protected]

Book : Free

Ellie Kyungran Heo studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (2010-2013) and Moving Image at the Royal College of Art (2013-2015) in London. Her works have been exhibited and screened widely, including the Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Today Art Museum, Beijing. https://elliekyungran.com



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