Marcus Coates brings a collection of work together that focusses on our relationship to species extinction.
In 2017 he travelled to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada to ask for an official apology to be given the Great Auk, a bird once numerous around the island, but extinct since 1844. This film is the focal point for an exhibition of Coates’ work that responds to the loss of what can only now be imagined. In ‘The Last of Its Kind’, also filmed in Newfoundland, Coates imagines himself as the last human seeking to convince the landscape surrounding him of the significance of human progress.
The films Apology to the Great Auk and The Last of its Kind were produced in association with the Museum of the Flat Earth, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada.