For the Love of Corals (working title) is a film project inspired by the dedication and perseverance to regenerate what’s left of the coral reefs through the integrated uses of conservational, ecological and social scientific knowledges.


Coral bleaching events which have destroyed swathes of coral reef are officially the most widespread in recorded history and, disturbingly, are on course for a third year running. This prognosis of the coral reef as terminal is, to some extent, becoming common knowledge.


Meanwhile, something remarkable, almost alchemical, is going on in a South London suburb. This place is as far removed from the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef as one could imagine, but behind the scenes, in the basement of the Horniman Museum aquarium in Forest Hill, a dedicated team of marine biologists led by Jamie Craggs have been crafting a pioneering approach to breed coral in captivity.


By replicating the exact environmental conditions of a ‘The Great Barrier Reef’ in the Horniman Aquarium, and caring and attending to the corals at every stage of their development, Craggs’ approach offers hope and new possibilities in the art of “partial recuperation” for finding ways to live on a damaged Earth.


This film project is inspired by Craggs’ ground-breaking work with corals, an effort all the more fascinating for the fact that it is taking place at the Horniman Museum.


What are the Horniman Museum‘s stories from the establishment of its collection to its present day? What can these stories tell us about our shifting relationship with ‘nature’, particularly in the complex case of caring for so-called ‘living collections’.


Some of the idea developed for FTOC originated from research with writer and artist Anna Ricciardi




Baby corals born at the Horniman Museum

Still from video: Sonia Levy

Click above to access the blog of the project