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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.
Untitled (Scrap Yard Zaytoun, Britel) is a film still taken from, The Drift. Depicting a bird’s eye view of a scrap yard floor in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, the film still reveals a landscape imprinted with layers of used car parts, which merge with the soil and undergrowth below. Combining the two strands of car parts and archaeological fragments Untitled(Scrap Yard Zaytoun, Britel) portrays a scrap yard full of potential rather than decay, a place of relics and discoveries to be preserved.
Maeve Brennan (born 1990, London) lives and works in London and Beirut. Recent exhibitions include Jerusalem Pink, OUTPOST, Norwich; Rough House, The Glue Factory, Glasgow; At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, Dar el Nimer, Beirut (all 2016); KURZ / DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Video Works, Metropolis Empire Sofil, Beirut (both 2015); and A Museum of Immortality, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2014). Brennan was a fellow of the study programme, Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2013 -14).