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Regarding Forests: Chrystel Lebas

A touring exhibition from Wellcome Collection

A dark image of an ancient forest in Japan by artist Chrystel Lebas

Regarding Forests, Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine #9, Yakushima, 2017, Chrystel Lebas. Wellcome Collection. (CC-BY-NC)

27 July – 29 October 2022

In 2019 photographer Chrystel Lebas travelled to the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, USA, and then on to the Japanese island of Yakushima, known for its Yakusugi or ancient cedar trees. The large-scale photographs Lebas took on these visits are presented in this multi-sensory installation accompanied by an ambient soundscape recorded on location, as well as the scent of the forest floor after it has rained.

The health benefits of ‘forest bathing’, or shinrin-yoku, were first publicised by researchers at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo in the 1980s. Studies suggest that the multi-sensory experience of being in nature calms the nervous system and supports the body’s immune response. Translating the power of these ancient rainforests to The Point, Lebas’ installation reminds us of our reliance on the natural world and the health benefits of spending time in nature.

Artist Chrystel Lebas said;

With large, colour, analogue prints accompanied by the soundscape recorded in both Yakushima Forests in Japan and Hoh Rain Forests in America, as well as the scent of Petrichor, I wanted to create a tranquil environment that translates my experience of being alone in these awe-inspiring landscapes and to share it with visitors.

The installation is open to the public to visit for free from 27 July – 29 October 2022. Following the display at The Point, Wellcome Collection will tour the installation to other UK venues throughout 2022.

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Regarding Forests is a touring exhibition from Wellcome Collection.

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