Home Artworks Specimen found in the trophy cupboard of Fristad fly fishing club, Sweden

Specimen found in the trophy cupboard of Fristad fly fishing club, Sweden Discover the best available selection of photographs by the artist Annabel Elgar. Buy from art galleries around the world with Kooness! Kooness
3200 EUR

Specimen found in the trophy cupboard of Fristad fly fishing club, Sweden


Signed Framed

From the series Cheating the Moon



102 x 77 cm
40.16 x 30 in




Prints , Photography



the stolen or missing Goodwill Moon Rocks of the Apollo 11 and 17 missions as point of departure. She proposes to create an archive of potential moon rock findings, mixing fiction and fact as a framework to inform the fabrication of her documentary images.

“One of the myths that surround the Apollo Moon Landings was their supposed construction. That the giant leap for mankind was a well-polished hoax on the back of NASA and other organisations is familiar folklore: one that permeates conspiracy theories across the planet.

So perhaps it is not so strange that within any context of “authentic” evidence, there is a stand-off with a counter-narrative of a spurious nature. My project proposal for the Prix Elysée takes the stolen and missing Goodwill Moon Rocks of the Apollo 11 and 17 missions as its point of departure. Of the 270 moon rocks that were given to the nations of the world by the Nixon administration, approximately 180 are currently unaccounted for. Within those that remain at large, beyond the researchers and hobbyists that have tracked down some of the specimens, a culture of emergent forgery and theft has high-jacked proceedings. In 1998 an undercover federal law enforcement operation, code named “Operation Lunar Eclipse”, was created to identify and arrest individuals selling bogus moon rocks and dust.

Under the auspices of such an undercover operation, my proposal would be to create an archive of potential moon rock findings that investigates the numerous contexts in which such specimens could potentially be found. The images themselves would both harbour and embed narrative details from actual sightings and reports within a series of diverse locations, whilst imaginatively playing with the notion of fiction as an indexical “framing” device that informs the fabrication of the images.

My more recent work has started to conflate narratives of space exploration and escapist “fantasy” within the secluded interior and the “everyday”, which further informs the context of this proposal.”

1971 London, United Kingdom

Annabel Elgar is a photographic based artist who lives and works in London. She has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art and her work has featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications throughout Europe and North America. 
Elgar's photographs are poised between the fairytale and the everyday. Sources, often mythic, are gleaned from new stories, the internet, folklore, literature and art history. Conceived as 'staged' photography, her work blurs the line between the constructed and the documentary. Annabel Elgar presents real or presumed facts, referring in a poetic and refined way to historical episodes that still raise doubts about secret plots or obscure drawings never revealed. Photography itself is staged, narration is not a work at the service of documentation, but the affirmation of how the search for truth can be ephemeral. What Annabel offers us are often only clues, the details of a representation that should be looked at and observed as an enigma, in which the artist at the same time plays the role of the protagonist and the (occult?) director.


Read more


Modena, Via Carteria, 10

Metronom is an art gallery and publishing house based in Modena, Italy. Founded by Marcella Manni, Metronom is committed to researching and promoting projects related to contemporary visual culture through solo and collective exhibitions of Italian and international artists. The attention to the creative practices of the younger artistic generations find...

Read more



106.68 x 74.93 cm