Introducing Léna Lewis-King who is an artist filmmaker who began working in film at 16 when she entered a competition to participate in the program for young filmmakers Into Film hosted at the ICA London. The following year she was awarded a commission by Channel 4’s Random Acts series to produce and direct her first film ‘Untitled Sequence’ in 2017, which was screened in theatres across the United Kingdom. From 2018 onwards, Léna has given talks on her film projects at SPACE Studios, Screen 25 London and the Roundhouse and her work has been shown at the ICA London, Channel 4, South London Gallery, the BFI London, the Chisenhale Gallery London, the Armory Show New York and at numerous film festivals.
Her film ‘L’autroritratto’ was featured in the exhibition ‘Io Dico Io – I Say I’ at La Galleria Nazionale in Rome from March to June 2021. Léna studied BA Filmmaking at Kingston School of Art and graduated this July. She is currently selected as one of ArtConnect’s ‘Artists to Watch 2021’ and has most recently shown at The Lumen Prize, London as a part of their ‘Lumen Prize Student Award’ Shortlist. Keep reading for more details on Léna’s incredible film, The Copper Kings as well her blog which takes us through her filmmaker journey.
How can we directly relate to the effects of extraction on our planet? The Copper Kings creates an animated world where the extraction of natural resources is inseparable from the dissection of our own bodies.