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Flood Barrier by Catherine Yass

Sunday 5th November, 2023 to Sunday 17th December, 2023

Artistic image representing the Barking Barrier, in an orangey, slightly blurred light.

Catherine Yass

Discover Catherine Yass' new film commission exploring a local landmark at Eastbury this winter.

A huge guillotine-like structure poised above the water, Barking Creek Flood Barrier has taken on a new and urgent significance in our fight against the climate crisis; with flooding in East London now predicted to become routine over the coming years (Climate Central environmental study, 2021).

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002, Catherine Yass is widely recognised for her distinctive photographic and film-based work. Her practice disrupts notions of power through the disorientation of the camera and the distortion of colour. In ‘Flood Barrier’ Yass uses this visual language to allow viewers to see the structure and its surroundings from a new perspective showing the urgency of the environmental and political issues it embodies. The film was co-produced with Progress Project, a local youth group in Barking & Dagenham.

Discover more about the film here.

Flood Barrier by Catherine Yass was commissioned by Create London, funded by Art Fund and Arts Council England, with additional support from The Elephant Trust. The associated engagement programme, Breaking Waves, was made possible with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with additional support from Arts Council England and Art Fund.

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