Catherine Pancake: Nature is Hungry
When: Friday 29 September - Sunday 3 December
Where: Quest Albury and Quest on Townsend Gallery, MAMA.
Nature is Hungry follows two female characters as they process competing positions on land ownership and conservation in the Appalachian region of West Virginia.
Nature is Hungry is Philadelphia-based artist and filmmaker Catherine Pancake's first collaborative project with her brother Sam Pancake, a film and television actor in Los Angeles. Catherine and Sam unite as filmmaker and actor, returning home to the region in which they were raised to confront their responsibilities as custodians of a family woodland acreage recently devastated by clear-felling. Sam wrestles with the cultural weight of his role as the eldest son of a rural family processing it through two female personas based on West Virginian women from his life. Nature is Hungry examines how ecological trauma creates both internal family and community crisis. It considers the distance revealed within families and communities when those who leave return to address the legacy of those who stayed.
Nature is Hungry is an intensely personal extension of Pancake’s ongoing investigations into ecological trauma that began first with her award-winning documentary Mountaintop Removal & The Fight for Coalfield Justice, 2006 and continues with Bloodland an ongoing series of works based in video and installation, of which Nature is Hungry is the second.