05/05/2022 - 09/07/2022
New Work - Installation
Maeve Brennan - An Excavation
An Excavation consists of a new body of work derived from Maeve Brennan’s long-term research project The Goods (2018–ongoing). Carried out in collaboration with forensic archaeologist Dr Christos Tsirogiannis, this multi-disciplinary project takes an in-depth look at the international traffic in looted antiquities. Central to the exhibition is a major new film commission An Excavation (2022), documenting a forensic investigation into a crate of looted antiquities discovered at Geneva Freeport in 2014.
The exhibition will also launch Illicit Antiquities Network, an ambitious digital project developed throughout Brennan’s Stanley Picker Fellowship. Taking the form of an online archive, the work maps the circulation of artefacts within the illicit network from looters and smugglers to auction houses and museums.