Maeve Brennan’s film "The Drift" selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018)

  • Congratulations to Maeve Brennan! Her film "The Drift” has been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018)
    The film is currently showing at The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, September untill February 2018.

    In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon by following the activities of 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.

    Forms of maintenance and repair are central to The Drift – with a focus on the desire to reassemble and rebuild. Quietly underpinning the film is the urgency of archaeology in the Middle East today, particularly with reference to the destruction and preservation of heritage sites across Syria and Lebanon. Brennan’s film maps converging lines between the protected relics of ancient temples, smuggled antiquities and exchanged car parts, exploring the care, circulation and shifting value of objects.

    The exhibition is a co-commission between Spike Island; Chisenhale Gallery; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.

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