Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded an Artist's Research Bursary from a-n to visit 'We Are Here', the Suzanne Lacy Retrospective exhibition in San Francisco. This seminal exhibition takes place over two sites: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Eelyn will meet with some of the curators and her research will focus on the challenges of exhibiting social practice, especially retrospectively. Eelyn will also be visiting artist Carolina Caycedo in Los Angeles. The learning from the trip will inform Eelyn's work with Social Art Network and help shape ideas for sharing practice at a Social Art Biennale.
Image Credit: Suzanne Lacy, Annice Jacoby, and Chris Johnson, The Roof Is on Fire, 1993–94, from The Oakland Projects, 1991–2001; performance, June 4, 1994, City Center West Garage, Oakland; © Suzanne Lacy; photo: Nathan Bennett
Exciting to be working with Sheffield based writer Désirée Reynolds as well as Hive Young Writers, some of South Yorkshire's most exciting young writing voices. Eelyn Lee has invited both parties to collaborate with her on her film about Britihsness. Together they will be exploring notions of race, identity and belonging and through a process of writing, filming and interviewing will try to discover the meaning of Britihsness today. The film has been commissioned by Football Unites Racism Divides.
Désirée Reynolds is an author, broadcaster, creative writing workshop facilitator, DJ and mentor. Her first novel, Seduce, was published in 2013 to much acclaim from Peepal Tree Press. Her latest work is as editor of the anthology Writing As Resistance, University Of Sheffield, 2018. Désirée is also a trustee with Racial Justice Network.
Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer (14-19s) activity in South Yorkshire including workshops, projects, competitions, publications, groups & open mic events.
The film is programmed in 'Ghost Town', Artist's Film 2. Other films in the Artist Film Programme include Andrew Kötting’s KLIPPERTY KLÖPP Split Screen, a reworking of his 1984 film.
Aesthetica continue to support Eelyn's ongoing Monster Trilogy following their selection of Monster in 2015. Creature of the Estuary will screen on 8th, 11th & 12th November at various locations around York. Tickets available here.
It will screen alongside Jill Daniel's 'Journey to the South' at Rich Mix on 18th Jun at 3.30pm.
East End Film Festival continue to support Eelyn's work following their selection of All Eyes on Us in 2013.
'The estuary is anthropomorphised and presented as alive, breathing and watching'
Creative Practitioner, R.M. Sánchez-Camus has written a critical evaluation of Eelyn Lee's latest collaborative film project, Creature of the Estuary. Eelyn spent eighteen months developing the film along the Thames Estuary where she collaborated with local residents, artists, performers and musicians to make the second iteration of her Monster Trilogy.
Dr Sánchez-Camus's full article can be read here.
'This universality is the strength of Creature of the Estuary, presenting the shorelines and it’s inhabitants as not only gatekeepers to London but the front line of a nation’s outward looking face' - Dr R.M. Sánchez-Camus