A new film installation by Vietnamese artist and filmmaker Dinh Q. Lê on the site of one of London’s earliest cinemas, Peckham’s Electric Theatre, opened in 1908.
Lê’s films immerse the viewer in the desolate environment of the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru. In the mid-19th century the islands came to prominence for their mountains of guano, a valuable natural resource fought over by global powers and harvested by indentured labourers. When the guano trade collapsed the birds returned. Shot from a boat approaching the islands, cameras on the ground and drones circling above, Lê captures a bleak landscape haunted by its brutal past.