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De Faun | CLOSED

Annabel Elgar


Between 1969 and 1972, six Apollo missions took 832 kilos of material from the moon back to Earth. The moon rocks were a much-loved gift from President Nixon’s administration to royal families and government leaders. However, of the 270 moon rocks that Nixon gave away, 180 are now missing. Over the years a practice of falsification, theft and extortion has arisen around the moon rocks. A moon rock given to the Netherlands has also disappeared: in 2009, the original turned out to have been swapped for a piece of petrified wood. In CHEATING THE MOON, Annabel Elgar takes on the role of detective in search of the stories around the moon rocks, in which she freely interprets the facts. Parallel to the criminal practices surrounding the moon rocks, the truth of the various locations and circumstances presented remains a mystery.


Annabel Elgar (United Kingdom, 1971) gained a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Video and Photographic Arts at the Central London Polytechnic, and a Master’s degree in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London. Since 1994, her work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States and Singapore, and is held in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne.