The video The Return of the Return of the Giant Hogweed takes a song by the English rock band Genesis as its starting point. Updated and translated into Russian the song narrates the post–Soviet story from the plant’s point of view.
Native to Central Asia, the Giant Hogweed was brought to Europe and the US as an exotic garden ornament, while in the Soviet Union it was cultivated as an innovative form of cattle feed. The noxious plant is an invasive species - its photo-toxic sap is triggered by the UV rays of the sun which causes third degree burns when it comes in contact with human skin.
In this project I was exploring the consequences of human ecological distress, in particular the role which the capitalist drive towards human progress plays in man-made climate catastrophes, and what happens when nature is displaced and begins to “retaliate.”
The Return of the Return of the Giant Hogweed (2019) by Alexandra Lerman
5min, HD Video, Soundtrack by Kel Valhaal