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Spanish Labyrinth (South from Granada), 2017
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The film begins with a taped memoir and a forgotten film produced by two revolutionary filmmakers, Yves Allégret and Eli Lotar. produced following their arrest in Spain in 1931. Having lost their footage during their imprisonment, Stevens’ film, Spanish Labyrinth (South from Granada), 2016, retraces their journey to re-film locations in response to contemporary ecological and political realities in Spain. These include mass demonstrations that led to the occupation of Madrid’s Plaza del Sol and Spain’s in 2011 and largest recorded forest fires that spread through Andalusia in August of the following year.

Atlantropa, 19'15, HD, 2009

Atlantropa is set in an imagined present centred on a bridge spanning the Straits of Gibraltar. Originally intended as a symbol of unity between Africa and Europe, following its closure, the bridge is acquisitioned by EU forces and takes on a whole different meaning.
A science fiction travelogue, Atlantropa mixes fact and fiction by relating the bridge to contemporary news reports and a modernist architect’s vision to dam the Straits and create a new continent from which the film takes its name. Having first been mentioned in science fiction by Arthur C. Clarke the Gibraltar Bridge has more recently been investigated as an actual possibility by the United Nations.

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Zubr, 14'17, 16mm/DVCam, 2006

This work is set in and around the primeval Bialowieska Forest and questions the artifice of nature by comparing the re-introduction of the Zubr, the European Bison, with the demise of the Belarussian language. The narrative of the film relates issues such as the Russification of Belarus, the logging of the world heritage site since the accession of Poland into the EU and the passing of the Belarussian Civil Youth movement that shares the name Zubr, through personal accounts and news paper headlines and quotes.

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Esperi, 10' 14'', DVCAM, Bialystok, 2005

Esperi is a documentary style video set in the Esperanto Society headquarters of Bialystok Poland, the birthplace of the language. Following a lesson in Esperanto given to the interviewing artist by the president of the society, are a few revealing facts about the history of the language, the ideals of its creator and its current status in relation to the EU parliament

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Jarmark Europa, 12' 39'', DVCAM, Warsaw, 2005

Taking its name from Europe's largest open-air market in Warsaw, where the video was shot, Jarmark Europa portrays a Vietnamese community within the market; an echo of Poland's communist past. The stallholders responses to being filmed is revealed in the video through the subtitling of the video that reveals a layer of communication missing at the time of the shoot. The vietnamese community, or mini Vietnam as it is locally known, now faces eviction in preparation for the 2012 European footbal championship.

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Sin Papeles, 10' 51'', 16mm/DVCam, Barcelona, 2005

Sin Papeles tells the story of the of a hunger strike staged by migrant workers, without papers (sin papeles), in a small church in Barcelona by bringing together a sound recording of its climax made in March 2001 and film footage of the location shot four years later to the day. The subjective account of the event made by the artist in the form of a sub-titled narration is a process of personal reflection de-objectifying the subject of migration for the purpose of work, displacement and social order. The film is a reflection on the implications and realities of the aspects of the EU project that have created a fortress of Europe.

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Unité d Habitation, 2' 57'', DVCAM, Berlin, 2004

The film was shot in the grounds of the one of Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation That was built in Berlin in 1959. Literally meaning "Housing Union" or "Housing Unit" the Unite project sought to create housing to alleviate the postwar housing shortage but also incorporated Le Corborsier's vision for communal living by housing all the ammenities needed for life in these 'vertical villages'. The design of the building is typical with it's striking angular lines and bold facade. The film draws on the contrast between this aspiring archetectural style and the humility of one resident who pauses for a moment to reflect on the world outside.

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Passage, 5' 25'', 16mm/DVCam, silent, Istanbul/Kapekule, 2007

The film depicts cargo ships off the shore of Istanbul, in the Marmara Sea, and later their cargo being transported by lorry through the border-post at Kapikule, which is a main entry point into Europe on the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. This path, along what is historically known as part of the Silk Road, has been a major trading route for thousands of years.

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Samuel Stevens Best Western

Samuel Stevens Monument

Collaboration (Best Western & Monument), 20', DVCAM, Sound, 2005

Collaboration (Best Western & Monument) is a a two screen video installation composed of the two individual works Best Western & Monument.

Best Western is a locked long duration shot of a mirror ball circling above office party celebrations in the most Easterly Best Western Hotel in Europe. The film was shot shortly after Poland joined the EU. Best Western was concieved and realised in collaboration with the Isreali artist Nir Evron.

The second screen shows Monument also a locked long duration shot depictng a monument in on the historically most westerly stronghold of the Russian Empire; Brest Fortress in Belarus. The monument reflects a digitally enhanced sunset using state of the art special effects. The star is a symbol that was the cause of debate in the European Parliament, at the time of shooting, after Communist symbols were compared to the Nazi insignia and a call for an outright ban in Europe was made by a group of conservatives from former Communist countries. 

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