Image caption: (left) microscopic image of a palm tree | (right) Khoshkhash tree in the Darat al Funun garden.
Residency at Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Working with Corinne Silva during our second trip to Jordan to instal the work and complete our research as part of the project Open Lab: Plant / Lives.
The project is looking at the human and plant mobility, past, present and future, at a time when climate change and conflict over land and resources make many futures uncertain.
Artists talk, Saturday 25 March, 6.30 pm
Exhibition 25 March - 12 April 2017.
Learning Lab: Unlearning the Role of the Artist with Eva Sajovic
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
15:30 - 17:00
Southwark Room, 5th Floor of the Switch House at Tate Modern, London
Unlearning seems like a daunting task. How willing are any of us - arts practitioner, academic or activist - to peel away received ways of thinking, methodologies, or secure sets of knowledge?
Join us for a Learning Lab with artist, Eva Sajovic, when she practices the art of ‘unlearning’, whilst posing questions about the politics of representing others in an age of global displacement.
Artists often speak from the position of the privileged. They have the means to move, look, collect and display stories, metaphors, and visuals, which often confer on them an obligation to act. But are the stories artists tell the ones subjects want to tell? Whose voice is being heard? To whom are these stories told and what can they achieve? How can artists support subjects and work to affect change through participatory practice; what are the limitations?
These are urgent questions when engaging with displaced communities through the lens of participatory arts practice.
What is the role of artists using participatory practice when working in areas of displacement?
What methodologies can artists use to create platforms for subjects to represent themselves, acknowledging that artistic work is always a translation and that change of context might change the perception of the work?
What support can artists expect from commissioning organisations when using participatory methodologies, knowing that the boundaries between the artist-as-professional and artist-as-friend in process-based participatory work is fluid, blurred and prone to misinterpretation?
What modes of representation might challenge stereotypes and activate audiences to see the world as an interconnected entity?
Learning Lab will take the form of a performed auto-ethnography by Sajovic, together with contributions from critical respondents, rapporteurs, lively open debate and the collective/creative production of a ‘manifesto for unlearning’.
To register for this Learning Lab, please contact [email protected]
Eva Sajovic is a socially engaged artist photographer. In her work Sajovic explores the drivers of global displacement such as regeneration, poverty, trafficking, culture and climate change.
Her practice includes Participatory social action projects (for example, a skills exchange project, The People’s Bureau, based in Elephant & Castle) and Photographic social portraiture, where she collaborates closely with subjects to construct images.
Sajovic exhibits internationally and has had her work commissioned by the Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The National Archives, Fotogallery, the Cuming museum, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 47/04, PARC, Siobhan Davies Dance. She has been supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, the European Commission, Darat Al Funun Foundation, University of The Arts and the Ministry of Culture Slovenia.
She is an Associate Lecturer at UAL’s Central Saint Martins and Theory Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art.
Spatial Justice with the People's Bureau at Tate Exchange
Tate Modern, 4 March 2017, 12 - 6 PM
As part of the Spatial Justice day at the Tate, we will be hosting Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, whose work is the leading force behind the day’s activities.
Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos defines spatial justice as the conflict that emerges when one body wants to move into the space of another body. This opens up questions of symbiosis, creative confluence and regeneration, but also issues of power imbalances. The interview will elucidate some of these issues in his work, and the ensuing discussion will attempt at situating ourselves in the ongoing move of regeneration but also displacement of local communities.
We hope to explore ideas about the role of developers, art institutions, and artists in dealing with issues of spatial justice and productive ways of reflecting them in their practices.
Saturday 4 March
12 - 4 pm
CLAY WORKSHOP with Shane Waltener
TEA TROLLEY DANCES with Sally Child ( Director of bMoSo Academy of Song & Dance, Founder of The Society for Tea Trolley Dancing), Helen Morse Palmer, accredited Tea Trolley Dance Instructor and Tanztheater Adrian Look (Choreography: Adrian Look. Music composition: Stevon Russel. Dancers: Alessio Cappelli, Morena de Leonardis, Durassie Kiangangu, Songhay Toldon, Haeyeon Lim, Taylor Thompson, Maria Ines Sousa, Daniel Potter and Amy Chambers).
3.30 - 4 pm
TEA and CAKE
SPATIAL JUSTICE with Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
Interview by Yoriko Otomo followed by a discussion with an invited panel.
Scale MODEL of the current Elephant&Castle shopping created in collaboration with Hester Buck will be on display.
ALL EVENTS FREE and OPEN TO ALL.
Contributing with a talk and discussion. Event organised by the School Of The Damned.
Saturday, 24 February 2017, 5 PM
Commune Project, 10 February 2017, 10.30 AM - 3.30 PM
Eva Sajovic and Rebecca Davies delivered a day long workshop with the 136 Foundation students at Central Saint Martins College, exploring 'community, rules, breaking free' to launch their Commune Project.
Commissioned by Timothy Meara and Lucy Alexander.
Why do artists collaborate?
Monday 30thJanuary, 11 am-1pm,
Banqueting Hall, Chelsea college of Art
With Dr. MarshaBradfield, (Artist, Researcher, Lecturer and collaboratorextraordinaire), and Eva Sajovic (Artist and Lecturer) and more. Introduced by Katrine Hjelde, Graduate Diploma CourseLeader
A talk and discussion as part of a Graduate Diploma KEY practices-ideas-debates-moments-words event.
These events aim to intersect key aspects of the FineArt curriculum across the Fine Art Programme at Chelsea, with on-going concernsin the art-world and the wider community.
Taking an idea for a walk
With Ayisha De Lanerolle as part of UNITE AGAINST DIVIDERS, 14 January 2017, 3-4 pm
A participatory walk and talk to explore the connections between climate change and displacement through ideas of Home, Belonging and Host.
Residency at Photofusion
Very happy to have been awarded Taking Part residency at Photofusion London to develop work around the drivers of displacement. The project will result in a number of outputs including a series of talks and an exhibition in 2018.
Residency at Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan, October 2016
Together with my collaborator and friend Corinne Silva (aka Silva+Sajovic) we had an artist residency at the Lab, October 2016 to start research and development. We will be returning in the Spring to continue with production and produce and exhibition and events at the Darat-Al-Funun Lab.
Talking on the panel at Dreamers or Builders, 29 June 6.30PM
South London Gallery, SE5
Organised by Rebecca Davies and The Oasis Social Club - an evening of discussion, screenings and performance looking at participatory arts practice and how it is used and abused in the shaping of our cities. Accompanied by bingo, beer and Wigan salad.
This event is part of the 2016 London Festival of Architecture programme.
Beating The Bounds, 3rd Iteration, Elephant&Castle
with Danny Hollowell, Tuesday 28 June, 5.30PM
Elephant & Castle doesn’t exist as a political ward, yet it exists in the imagination of people who live and work in the area. Participatory walk in its 3rd iteration, this time led by Danny Hollowell, who was born and still lives and works in the area.
Danny will walk us around his personal boundaries of Elephant&Castle whilst sharing memories and stories related to those locations, 28 June, 5.30PM
Beating the Bounds is an ancient English custom in which a priest and members of the community, armed with willow boughs, would beat the parish boundary markers, lest they be forgotten.
This and further walks will be digitally traced using an app. Resulting drawings will be superimposed to identify a collective boundary of the area, which will be produced as a map including participants' photographs and incorporated into a multi-media art installation.
The walks last approximately one hour followed by drinks in a local pub.
This is the third in the series of walks organised and produced by Silva+Sajovic. With the support of LCC Public Programmes Fund.
Opportunity Area - panel discussion, 6 June 2016
Elephant&Castle shopping centre
An open discussion with an invited panel to discuss ethics, tactics and place-specificity in artistic practice, with particular reference to Elephant and Castle and its labelling as an ‘opportunity area’. Panelists include: Jane Rendell, Barbara Steveni, Isaac Marrero Guillamon and Andres Mendez (La Bodeguita), chaired by Sam Trotman.
This event was organised as part of Unearthing The Elephant project, led by Eva Sajovic, Rebecca Davies and Sarah Butler. Building on more than 10 years of work in Elephant and Castle, Unearthing The Elephant is a response to the demolition and reconstruction of Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre.
Opportunity Area is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016.
Large Floral Cyanotype at Chelsea Flower Fringe, 5 June 2016
As part of Chelsea Fringe Sajovic collaborated with Corinne Silva (@Silva+Sajovic) and Melanie King to create a 15mx1.5m cyanotype using discarded plants from the New Covent Garden Market and our gardens.
The work will be used as part of an exhibition and produced as a concertina artist's book.
Ri/Costruire Insieme (Re/Construct Together), May 2016
Exhibiting: 3 Screen Video Installation, Window display and Roundtable event. As part of In/Visible Cities Festival,
^ Ri/Costruire Insieme, installation view, via delle Monache Gorizia, In/Visible Cities, May 2016
- Ri/Costruire Insieme (Re/Construct Together), 3 Screen Video Installation and event, In/Visible Cities, Italy (2016)
- The People's Bureau now Associate of Tate (Modern) Xchange.
- Talk Matter and Materiality: An Insight Through Photography, with Melanie King and Corinne Silva, UAL Philosophy Society, April 2016.
- Talking at Jumping The Barrier, seminar organised by engage Wales, 15 March 2016, the National Museum of Wales Cardiff.
- Memory and Place, durational public performance, Elephant&Castle shopping centre, 19 March, 2-5PM. In collaboration with Siobhan Davies Dance and Entelechy Arts.
- Beating The Bounds, participatory walk, 15 April 2016, 2PM, Elephant&Castle. Supported by LCC Public Engagement Programme. As part of TCCE, 2016 season.
- A set of 6 films commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Autumn 2016.
- Five Hundred Flowers and The Mother Plant, Lower Ground Gallery and PARC, London College of Communication, 4 February - 4 March 2016 Beating The Bounds, participatory walk, 9 February 2016, 2PM, Elephant&Castle.
- Eating The Bones, performance (commissioned by WILD as part of the Green Week), 10 February 2016 One Thousand Flowers From A Test Tube, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning exhibition, 13 November - 19 December 2015Eating the Bones - performance, 19 December 2015Photography Wall, exhibition, Tate Britain (Tribe Festival), 30 October and 1 November 2015.
- Hidden Presence - 2 year long project commissioned by Ffotogallery and Chepstow Museum exhibited at Custom House, on 20 bus stops around town, Cardiff (1-31 OCtober) as part of Diffusion Festival. A2 poster is another platform and can be taken away from the exhbition space. Project also exists in the form of an interactive dedicated website (incorporating the education pack developed in collaboration with Ffotogallery's education team).
- Artist talk, 13 October 2015, 2-4PM, BayArt, Cardiff.
- Walk - visiting the installation at a selected number of bus stops and talk, 14 October 2015, from Milgi, Cardiff.
- Exhibition travels to Chepstow Museum 4 February - 4 May 2016.
- In partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance and Entelechy Arts we are working on a dance/movement piece to be perfomed by the members of the People's Bureau at the E&C shopping centre, March 2016.
- Working with Critical Practice we organised #Transacting: A Market of Values, 11 July 2015. Publication published by Intellect, June 2017.
- Age of Plently - contamination between artists and citizens, 3-7 June, Gorizia (IT) as part of In/VisibleCities. Commission by 198 COntemporary Arts and Learning. Off-spin exhibited at 198 CAL November 2015.
- With Corinne Silva we set up Silva+Sajovic, based at Photography Archive Research Centre (LCC). The purpose of the Studio is to create discussions, interventions and artworks using the vitality and agency of flora in the urban space as a catalyst for rethinking current power structures between humans and the environment. We are also working with international partners, initially in Amman, Havana and Slovenia.
- With thanks to the Arts Council Funding currently creating new work in Elephant and Castle (Unearthing Elephant) in response to the imminent demolition and reconstruction of E&C's shopping centre. Through a process of mapping people's movements, use of the space and a series of conversations we are creating a multimedia model, narrative film, a time-map of the E&C shopping centre.
- The People’s Bureau is continuing. Working with the Latin American Women's group, the Rockingham Women's group, ATD Fourth World.
- People's Bureau in residency at LCC as part of Moose on the Loose, Research Biennale by PARC (Photography Archive Research Cetre, based at LCC) - May 2015.
- Talk and workshop at 'If you got them by the archives (sic), their hearths and minds will follow' as part of Discovering Communities, Discovering Collections, commission by The National Archives, The Birmingham Library, 30 October 2014.
- The Roles We Play - book and website published. Exhibition opening, 17 October 2014, 6.30 - 9pm. For more information about the exhibition and associated events (Collaborative Practice and Social Justice talk/seminar, 4 November 2014). VIEW HERE> Work also published in 'A UK Without Poverty', Joseph Rowntree Foundation, September 2014.
- Artists as Learners - commission from engage and Ffotogallery, working in partnership with the Prince's trust Fairbridge centre. I was mentoring two emerging artists to develop their socially engaged practice. We worked with a group of young people from the Prince's Trust. The work culminated in an exhibition and opening at Turner House.
- The People’s Bureau - a space (and a network) of exchange of skills and needs, based in the unit 306 of the Elephant&Castle shopping centre set up by Eva and Rebecca in partnership with Latin American Women’s Rights Service and supported by Tate Modern. The aim is to create a pool of collective local knowledge through exchange, a supporting network of different skills and to draw attention to diversity and existence of different economies in the Elephant and Castle. Pilot project dates: 30, 31 May & 2 June, 11am - 5pm. Open to all to come and join in sharing and exchange of skills and needs. For a more detailed programme please visit HERE> This is a pilot project hoped to lead to a longer project later in the year.
- The Amazing Movie of Life, participatory short animated film created with the young people at The Jack Hobbs Centre, managed by Petra Cox and produced by the Cuming museum. The film uses sequences from 'Some Activities of Bermondsey Borough Council'  from the Southwark Council's film archive.
- The Roles We Play, an initiative done in collaboration with ATD Fourth World, showcasing the contribution individuals living in poverty make to their surrounding community, friends and families. Originating from a photo exhibition that toured the country in 2010, the participant-led Roles We Play project is set to reappear in 2014 in the form of a poignant multimedia book and DVD. The upcoming Roles We Play publication features portrait photographs and self-written biographies that focus on what people do to combat poverty and social exclusion in their everyday lives and in their communities and to confer visibility to the voices of people living in poverty. Book and website published, June 2014.
- As part of Critical Practice Eva was involved in facilitating a group conversation during Not Knowing: A Collaboration Between CCW, APG, The Chelsea Salon Series, Friday 8 Nov 2013 VIEW PROGRAMME HERE>
- New commission Hidden Presence project from Ffotogallery and Chepstow museum; start October 2013.VISIT BLOG HERE >
- DreamMakers project is being collated in a book, currently being designed.
- DreamMakers talking at ACERT conference, 28.September 2013.
- The Roles We Play has received support from the Arts Awards and is, together with ATD Fourth World and, families and friends, currently being developed (towards a book to be published in Spring 2014).
- Talking about artist practice with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, focusing on the notion of collaboration, in its different forms, with the people she has been working with. Hackney museum, Thursday 2o June, 6.30 - 7.30 pm.
- DreamMakers final exhibition and events @ 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 14 June - 20 July 2013. PRESS RELEASE. Citizenship and Belonging symposia, 25 June 2013, 10am - 5pm: MORE INFORMATION HERE. Representation and the Media seminar, 2 July, 1-4.30 pm. Film night, 12 July, 7-9pm:Young voices, a selection of shorts. Blog: www.dreammakersuk.com
- Caribbean Through A Lens, a collaboration with the Cuming Museum and The National Archives. Eva worked with local people and members of the museum’s Youth Panel. Together they have produced A FILM and a set of dominoes which have been installed in the museum’s Southwark gallery.
- Growing Map of Southwark, a collaboration with the Youth Panel of the Cuming museum and resonance FM, broadcasted on Resonance FM in February 2013. The project consists of a booklet and soundpiece, tracing a narrative of memory and memories through Southwark; from Peckham through Camberwell, Elephant&Castle and Borough to Bermondsey.
- Speaking at The Brixton Exchange, Friday 1, 2-4pm. Event organised by Anchor&Magnet. Info event and programme available on: :http://anchorandmagnet.wordpress.com/the-brixton-exchange/
- Speaking at Symposium: Participation, Photography & the Politics of Space, 12 March 2013, 11am-4.30pm, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen. Symposium hosted by the Special Collections Centre, University of Aberdeen in partnership with NEPAN, (an artist-led North East Participatory Arts Network) and engage Scotland. More information and programme here.
- Speaking on the panel at "Openness: Exploring Artist Practice in the City", an event at Tate Modern, as part of the South London Black Music Archive exhibition. November 19, 7-8.30 pm, Starr Auditorium. Booking: call 02078878888 or visit www.tate.org.uk
- Caribbean Through a Lens project Participatory project in collaboration with the National Archives and the Cuming museum Part of a national initiative of the National Archives.
- The Heart of the Elephant, film (work in progress) screening. As part of Studio at the Elephant work, Eva and Rebecca produced an edit of the 'film in progress', screened at the Elefest and Fotosynthesis's photography symposium (Participation in photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship).
- Whitechapel collaboration: FACTORY OF CONFESSIONS Family Trail and Family day (4 June 2012) as a response to Gillian Wearing work exhibited at the Whitechapel gallery BLOG
- DreamMakers: UK-wide project with young Roma, Gypsy and Travellers (locations: Glasgow, Bolton, Peterborough, Walthamstow, London)In collaboration with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. Supported by the PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATIONBLOG
- Artist residency at the CUMING museum, October 2011 - February 2012. Supported by the ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND BLOG
- EXPLORING THE ELEPHANT / a collaboration with the (3-5 year old children of) SRC nursery and the Cuming museum. Supported by the MINET Trust BLOG
- WEALTH AND POVERTY MAP, 17 October 2011 (International Day for the Eradication of Poverty). A collaboration with Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre and ATD Fourth World
- MAKESHIFT: Seeding Communities // PROVIZORIJ: Sejanje Skupnosti / ONGOING /A seed and plant exchange project across national boundaries. Plants and seeds are transplanted from one environment to another, in collaboration with individuals from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. EXHIBITED at the REZIDENCNA CETRT, Trubarjeva hisa Literature Ljubljana, 9 September 2011 BLOG
- Participating in:Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2011 as part of the ROMA MEDIA ARCHIVE Launch: UNESCO, Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930 – Venezia. 3rd June 2011 at 13:00 OFFICIAL LEAFLETPRESS RELEASE
- STUDIO AT THE ELEPHANT, Unit 207/208, Elephant&Castle shopping centre. A space for locals to engage in conversations through the Arts and a place for artists in residency to work with and from within the community. Founded by Eva Sajovic and Rebecca Davies. Launched 4 March 2011http://studio.homefromhome-online.com/studio.htm
- The Roles We Play: Recognising the contribution of people in poverty. A project in partnership with ATD Fourth World Charity through photography, written word and sound. Touring Exhibition, UK and Europe: Community Links, 10-25 Aug // Bishop Stortford School, 3-13 Sept // Bevan Foundation Wales, 23 Sept // Pearce Institute Glasgow, 27-30 Sept // Poverty Alliance Scotland, 2 Oct // Spark In The Park London, 2 OCt // European Parliament Brussels, 17 Oct // TUC, 18 Oct // EY2010 event with Southwark Council and EAPN England, 16 Nov // European Economic and Social Committee Brussels, 20-27 Nov // Birmingham Regional EY2010, 25 Nov // RBI, 29 Nov - 4 Dec //
- Home From Home Book and website published, July 2010 (available from the Cuming Museum or the artist) www.homefromhome-online.com
- Be-Longing: Traveller's Stories, Traveller's Lives Exhibition and events, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Gallery, 4th Feb - 20th March 2010 Exhibition touring to Hackney Library, West Norwood Library and Brighton, June 2010 Catalogue published, edition 50, July 2010 (available from Amazon, 198 Gallery or the artist) Selected by curators of the 'Call The Witness' / 2nd Roma Pavilion Enisa Emirovska and Suzana Milevska to participate at the Venice Biennale 2011 Blog - VIEW HERE Holocaust Against Roma and Sinti and Present Day Racism in Europe
- Commission by the GRTHM to curate the exhibition and events 31 May - 20 June 2010, the Arts Pavilion Surviving History: the Bock Family A collaboration with Damian LeBas exhibited at the Holocaust Against Roma and Sinti and Present Day Racism in Europe exhibition 31 May - 20 June 2010, the Arts Pavilion
- Pavee Widden (Travellers Talking) Book and exhibition launch by the Irish Ambassador Bobby McDonagh, 160 Tooley Street, 17 June 2010Film screened, Hackney Museum, 27 May 2010 - VIEW HERE -