Maeve Brennan's 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards film Listening in the Dark features in the inaugural Towner International – a new biennial exhibition of contemporary art.
Towner International looks to address how artistic communities are recording and responding to the economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the world today. These themes are explored through work in a wide range of mediums from photography and moving image to sculpture, installation, ceramics, painting and print.
Video works reflecting on the geo-political situation in Iraq and textiles reworking ideas of colonial photography will sit alongside reflections on diasporic cultural displacement, memory, trauma and the human impact on the environment. Notions of identity, community, collaboration and time are also threaded through Towner International, addressing these themes from both a global and domestic socio-political viewpoint.
Taking a documentary approach, Maeve Brennan's Listening in the Dark gathers a series of subtle but penetrating soundings of human beings’ impact on the natural environment.