Maeve Brennan




The first institutional solo exhibition by London and Beirut-based artist Maeve Brennan and the premiere of a major new film commission The Drift (2017).

In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The film moves between three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.

Combining documentary footage, gathered through fieldwork, with staged scenes, the work depicts layered histories and communities. The Drift follows Brennan’s encounters with the gatekeeper as he recounts his life’s work restoring and guarding the temple ruins, while the mechanic crosses the Beqaa landscape, searching scrap yards for used automobile parts to transform his BMW car. Inside his workshop, the conservator slowly pieces together fragments of clay artefacts.

Duration 31 March 2017 - 04 June 2017
Times Wednesday - Sunday 12 – 6pm First Thursday of each month until 9pm.
Cost Free
Venue Chisenhale Gallery
Address 64 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ
Contact 020 8981 4518 / mail@chisenhale.org.uk / www.chisenhale.org.uk

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