Maeve Brennan 10-06-2019


Tactile Histories

Within Maeve Brennan’s work, there is a focus on forms of knowledge that are tied to a physical practice. The characters that appear in her films – geologists, archaeologists, architects, mechanics, chiropterologists – all have an expertise gained through intimacy and proximity with their object of study. A geologist reads the world through stones; an archaeologist reconstructs fragments to understand an ancient civilisation. These disciplines encompass a tactile knowledge, a handling of material that pertains to a different time and scale in order to know it better, something she echoes in her own work. Maeve Brennan will discuss her engagement with these practices through a documentary approach, thinking through these disciplines as models of repair in an increasingly damaged world.




Maeve Brennan is an artist based in London. She works with moving image and installation to explore the political and historical resonance of material and place. Recent solo exhibitions include The Goods, KUB Billboards at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2018); Listening in the Dark, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin (2018) The Drift, Chisenhale Gallery, London; The Drift, Spike Island, Bristol, The Drift, The Whitworth, University of Manchester (all 2017) and Jerusalem Pink, OUTPOST, Norwich (2016). Her films have been screened internationally at festivals including FILMADRID, Sheffield Doc Fest and International Film Festival Rotterdam where she was shortlisted for the Tiger Shorts Award 2018. Brennan was educated at Goldsmiths, University of London and was a fellow of the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2013-14). She is a co-founder of Sharna Pax, a film collective working between the fields of visual art, anthropology and documentary and was the recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Award 2018.


Image credits:
Maeve Brennan, The Drift (2017). HD video with sound, 50′ 29” (video still). Produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore. Courtesy of the artist.