Cristina Lucas

The People That Is Missing, 2019 | Environment is Us, 2020

The People That Is Missing

Cristina Lucas gives voice to the landscape. For her video The People That Is Missing (see pages 50-51), she created a poem by stringing together quotes from influential thinkers such as James Lovelock and Bruno Latour, but also anonymous ‘vox populi’ and Donald Trump. Their words accompany images of a desolate landscape, sometimes as a voice-over, other times projected on or inscribed into the land-scape itself. The film was shot in the Svalbard Archipelago at the North Pole, where the consequences of the climate crisis are most plainly manifest.

The title The People That Is Missing was taken from a text by Swiss artist Paul Klee. ‘It offers a possible way out... Let’s become the people that is missing... The people that can make the revolution. The revolution that is missing,’ says Lucas.

Environment is Us

Cristina Lucas reflects on and reacts to the huge rift between humans and our ecosystem. In abstract paintings, made from the very matter that makes up the human body – roughly 26 elements, ranging from carbon and phosphorus to calcium and iron – she demonstrates the effects of their chemical interactions. Colours, forms, lines: each composition is the product of a virtually uncontrollable process. And each one is unique, in the same way every human being is unique, as well as the earth itself. ‘What connects us to each other, to all non-humans, and to all of nature, is the fact that we are all made of the same elements. Humanity itself is actually that planet, that earth, and the environment,’ Lucas tells us. Her work is an appeal to restore the connection between the earth and ourselves.


Multidisciplinary artist Cristina Lucas (1973, Spain) lives and works in Madrid. Often based on extensive research, her work analyses fundamental structures in politics and economics, thereby uncovering and exposing contradictory narratives. Her installations, video works, performances, drawings and photographs are often straightforwardly critical, but also serious, playful and humorous. Her themes range from the role of women, religion, the patriarchal system in society and the global supremacy of the West, to humankind’s ambition to dominate nature. Rather than looking for easy answers, Cristina Lucas compels us to ask the right questions.

Cristina Lucas

Composition ‘Environment Is Us’, István Kenyeres. Black Background, 2020. 

Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphor, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, fluorine, zinc, silicon, copper, iodine, chromium, selenium, nickel, boron, manganese, lithium, molybdenum, cobalt and collagen on panel, carbon, amethyst and fluorite stones, 180 x 120 cm

Courtesy Novartis Art Collection