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Ross Birrell
The Transit of Hermes

This exhibition brings together major film projects by Ross Birrell originally commissioned for documenta 14.

In the film Criollo, an Argentine horse stands at the gateway to New York’s Central Park. How did this solitary animal get there? Is it angel, apparition or gift? Or envoy of a revolution to come?

Criollo was inspired by Tschiffely’s Ride, an equestrian journey from Buenos Aires to New York (1925-1928) which also inspired Birrell’s 2017 Athens-Kassel Ride. Documentation of this journey is exhibited here for the first time. Integral to this work is The Transit of Hermes, the journey of a Greek Arravani horse named after the God of border crossings.

Supported by Creative Scotland.