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For our April ONE WORK screening we are delighted to present Maeve Brennan’s ‘An Excavation’ (2022) online for the month of April.
‘An Excavation’ will be available to view online via Eventive from 1– 30 April, 2023. There will be an online discussion with Brennan on Tuesday, 4 April, from 7 – 8pm. Booking for the online screening and online discussion with the artist are included in one ticket via the Eventive booking link.
In 2014, 45 crates of looted antiquities were discovered at Geneva Freeport in a warehouse belonging to disgraced antiquities dealer Robin Symes. They contained tens of thousands of archaeological remnants worth around £7 million. Three of the crates were sent to forensic archaeologists Dr Christos Tsirogiannis and Dr Vinnie Norskov for research.
‘An Excavation’ (2022) documents Tsirogiannis and Norskov’s investigation into a series of vases from the Geneva Freeport crates. Made in the 4th century BC by Apulian artisans, these vases remained buried in tombs for 2500 years before they were clandestinely excavated from their now irrecoverable contexts. The objects’ journeys through the hands of looters, smugglers, restorers and dealers are counterpointed by the hand-painted stories that adorn them. Made for burials, the vases depict scenes from the underworld – forensic and mythological narratives start to intertwine.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the exhibition of the work and the discussion that focused on it.
Image description: An image of a battered brown cardboard box on a table top, ‘empty’ has been handwritten in black marker at the top. Below it is a logo of a blue globe superimposed with the text ‘Global, Singapore’ in blue and white. Behind the box in a darkened room are fragments of ancient pottery.
The event will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be available via Eventive. To download Zoom, visit here: https://zoom.us/download
The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions.
The film is available to view in two versions, with or without SDH captions.
Watching the work in advance
We encourage audiences to watch‘An Excavation’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series.‘ AnExcavation’ will be available to watch on Eventive from 1 – 30 April 2023.
Participating in the Event
We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.
Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artist. We ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat box to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly.
LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
Maeve Brennan is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her practice explores the historical and political resonance of material and place. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, E‑WERK Freiburg; Stanley Picker Gallery, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; The Whitworth, Manchester; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Turku, Finland; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. Brennan’s work was featured in British Art Show 9 (2021 – 22) and her films have been screened internationally at International Film Festival Rotterdam; FILMADRID; Sheffield Doc Fest and Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. She received the Jerwood/FVU Award 2018 and was the Stanley Picker Fine Art Fellow (2019 – 22). She is currently a Sainsbury Scholar at the British School at Rome.
Closed Captions 'An Excavation' will be available with SDH captions
Notes Discussion event will be live captioned
The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.