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Artist Talk: Aislinn Evans and Jacob Schwar

Sunday 3rd December, 2023

An image of a network of grey railings leading to an overpass. In the distance through a gap in the railings is artist Aislinn Evans capturing film through a camera.

Coinciding with Catherine Yass' film 'Flood Barrier' at Eastbury, join CreateLondon for a chance to hear about two local filmmakers work as part of the Breaking Waves Programme. 

Create London have commissioned Aislinn Evans and Jacob Schwar to create two new moving-image works as part of our Breaking Waves programme. Supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund, Breaking Waves explores the connection between the contemporary climate crisis and industrial heritage in Barking Riverside, East London. The new moving image works will delve into the area’s history and heritage.

Selected following an open call for early-career filmmakers with connections to Barking & Dagenham, Evans and Schwar have received a £5,000 commissioning fee to create a 5-minute film. As part of the process, they will also benefit from mentorship from film industry experts including BAFTA nominated director Shannon Murphy and writer and director for BBC Wales and Radio 4 Darragh Mortell. The works will be publicly presented at Eastbury Manor House from 4 November to 17 December 2023.

Aislinn Evans is a site-responsive artist looking at the urban and industrial sites they call home. “I grew up in the unclaimed ground between London and Essex, the A13 and the Estuary have led me to the sites that ground me; an estate in Poplar, a flyover in Rainham, barges on the Thames” they said. “Applying a queer phenomenology of the landscape, I peel back space; occupied, classed, cut up. Drawing from DIY and revolutionary film practices, my interactions with space span filmmaking, sonic intervention and writing. In my practice, the periphery takes centre stage.”

Jacob Schwar currently works as a freelancer in the Television and Film industries. He recently produced a short film exploring gentrification in East London, which went on to feature in Romford Film Festival 2022. “I like to explore themes relating to the human condition, changes in a community such as gentrification, cultural traditions and most importantly working-class heritage” he said. Schwar’s most recent work was included within a short documentary film series titled We All Belong which he helped to produce for Barking and Dagenham Council.

The event is free, but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


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