Following research made in Brixton markets for Wildcraft 2006, Atlantic is a simple portrait of a fruit and vegetable stall in the markets. The film follows the daily routine of a group of Asian men as they prepare, pack and sell fruit and vegetables.
The choreography of gesture and attention to their trade mirrors that of a group of amateur botanists in Botanic, filmed at South London Botanical Institute nearby. Both spaces present a particular work ethic in which a lack of urgency, steady absorption in their activity, make do and mend approach and absence of new technology are evident.
Atlantic was made as a partner piece to Botanic, and shown together at FACT as part of the solo exhibition Here and your here in 2007. The works can also be shown individually. Atlantic was funded by Arts Council England.