Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art

‘Wild Relatives’ screening

Sunday 02 June 2019 (opening 3:00 PM)

at MCA ( venue info )
140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

All Ages

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General admission $11.75
MCA Member $9.70
Concession $9.70

‘Wild Relatives’ screening: Part of Conversation Starters 2019: Temperature Rising
Lecture theatre: Level 2

Dive into the award-winning documentary revealing the astounding story of seed preservation in the face of war and climate change.

Deep in the earth beneath Norwegian permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – a backup should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups.

Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. The film captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace of the work patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.
Following the screening a Q&A with guest speaker will occur, reflecting on the themes and ideas explored in the documentary.

Presented as part of Conversation Starters 2019: Temperature Rising, a weekend of art, discussion and action.

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Image: Wild Relatives (film still)

All Ages