Sophie Bannan



  • 2013-2015
  • Structural material, glass, earthenware B+W prints from medium format negatives Digital video, 6:43 16mm film transferred to digital 02:44
  • Gift of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, 2016
  • 126 x 89mm
  • 2016/031.1-44

Sophie Bannan reaches back into the cultural memory of the city beyond her lifetime, and into the experience of her grandfather, the late architect Maurice Mahoney.With his business partner Sir Miles Warren, Mahoney designed many of the modern brutalist buildings in the city, a significant number of which were lost in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Bannan made her shelf of fragile ceramics from clay dug from the demolition sites her grandfather’s buildings once occupied: they stand as elegies to a vanished future. Objects are lost, but memory endures.

(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)

Exhibition History