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False Memory

Adrian Baynes

False Memory

Two imaginary aircraft melt into each other. Perhaps a crash or even a kiss, frozen in time at the moment they meet. One is in the livery of Ariana Afghan Airlines, the other is painted and repainted in various colours. Inspired by the work of investigative reporter Stephen Grey, the piece responds to the story of flights by the CIA`s secret programme of terrorist renditions. By changing the registrations of their aircraft, they were able to deliberately create a false history of who was flying and their destination. Meanwhile Bin Laden was using Afghan Airlines for transport, with Al Qaeda using Ariana identification. Why not search the internet for the various registration numbers on the model aircraft to be instantly plugged into the complex history of their intercontinental travels. Each model aeroplane is tuned into the airways overhead of the gallery, which reveals the live transmissions from pilots to air traffic control.


Adrian Baynes, Kiss, 2020, Wood with nylon covering, airband radios and steel plate, Courtesy of the Artist, © The Artist