Clementine Edwards: Toxic Inheritances


Toxic Inheritances (2024) tells stories of white phosphorus. Light-bearing and brutally hot, white phosphorus is pyrophoric, meaning it combusts on contact with air. The video considers the role of inheritance and storytelling in human-chemical relations, and grammars of the (super)natural. It is a deepening of Clementine’s studio exploration on the subject and a sort of fictionalised sketch of a family tree for the chemical.