Endangered wildlife at the Millennium Gallery

FROM next week visitors to the Millennium Gallery can pause at the plasma screens in the ground floor foyer and watch a nature show.

The Return of the Native is a reworked version of a 2005 video piece by award-winning artist Suky Best looking at the alarming environmental impact on the habitats of indigenous wildlife in the east of England.

In The Return of the Native, Suky Best highlights the gradual disappearance of once hitherto common types of wildlife from their former habitats in the East Anglian fenland.

Over a series of vivid and disarming animations, Best digitally reintroduces a number of endangered birds and insects into landscapes where they were previously seen in significant numbers to produce incongruous compositions that conjure a haunting sense of loss.

Suky Best, who studied photography at the Royal College of Art, was the winner of South Bank Photo Show award in 1993 and in the following year won first prize in the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Awards. She exhibits internationally, including shows in New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Madrid.

lA collaboration between Museums Sheffield and Lovebytes, Suky Best – The Return of the Native is on view from Thursday to April 8.

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