Clara Jo, Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood (2023), 4K Video Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

The UK premiere of the Berlin-based artist’s documentary fiction film, presenting a speculative narrative of maritime and epidemiological movement across oceanic space and time.

Clara Jo (b. 1986, United States) works with film, photography and installation to re engage socio-political understandings of the world in ways that entangle the senses. She plays with speculative narratives to offer alternative readings of certain terrains, examining their material imprints and deep erasures. By reimagining these contexts through her work, Jo questions how these stories can feed into collective imaginations and fictions during moments of crisis.

At DLWP, Jo will present Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood. This new film installation presents a speculative narrative of labour and ecological histories in Mauritius, filmed in Albion and Flat Island, with a fictional layer of computer-generated animation. The film is narrated through the perspective of the Paille-en-queue bird, who has inherited oral histories from their ancestors of all they have witnessed from an aerial perspective. Spanning different elevations and time registers, stories from the unmarked cemetery in Albion and a 19th-century quarantine station on Flat Island highlight and commemorate erased and unknown histories from the legacy of British and French colonialism and movements of indentured labour across the Afrasian Sea (Indian Ocean).

Watch the trailer for Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood here.


Jo’s work has been exhibited and screened at Gropius Bau, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ARKO Art Center, Seoul; Spike Island, Bristol; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, and Edith-Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg. She has previously held fellowships and residencies at Art Explora, Paris; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, USA.

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Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on 01424 229 111 to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
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  • Ramped access into the Studio
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Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.