The first civilian casualties of the first documented aerial attacks since the invention of aviation were recorded in 1912. In her work Unending Lightning, artist Cristina Lucas employs an audiovisual device to locate on a map and trace all aerial bombings that have caused the loss of civilian lives from that year to the present.
In this instance, Lucas will give a lecture, addressing the implications of this process of the global cartography of violence which has occurred in parallel with aeronautical technologies and the configuration of war machines. Drawing on this mapped expression of murdered bodies, the artist proposes a form of representation, the political power of which lies in situating this physical and moral damage in territory itself, in specific spaces where daily life happens and in which culture and its communities are activated.
Cristina Lucas uses performance, happenings, video, installation and drawing to approach the irrationality of human activities and contrast traditionally conflicting concepts such as reality and fiction. Her work analyses the main political and economic structures of our time, laying bare the contradictions between official history, real history and collective memory, and is present across European museums, for instance in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) and Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.