The bit I tell institutions and that:
“Aislinn Evans is an interdisciplinary artist from East London working in print, performance, and participation. They navigate the peripheries of culture at the intersection of working-class, disabled, and queer experiences. Their work interrogates the class status of fine art disciplines and embraces the radically lowbrow. Aislinn reclaims archetypal narratives and retells, reframes, reimagines the story of the outsider.“
What that means in practice:
- I work across media and fields, typically anywhere except a ‘fine art’ (fake, not real, boring) context. You can find me in a cinema, a zine fair, a community centre, under a bridge maybe…
- I’m disabled, and trans, and working-class, and currently it’s very beneficial to tell institutions this. It’s also relevant to my work, and I hope that, if you are also disabled or trans or working-class or all three, that you find some resonance here.
- I like to work with people. This is also beneficial to tell institutions, and one of the only ways to get paid these days. Nevertheless, my work has taken the form of youth groups, poetry slams, and roleplaying games. I’m into participation and interaction as a weird, troublesome, exciting area to explore — one rife with exploitation and potential.
- My main thing is I want you to be able to see the work for free at your own pace. I put my films online, I put my games online, I put my comics online. I sometimes make slightly more exclusive zines or prints or films for the sake of paying rent, but will always send you PDFs, links, and JPGs if you ask nicely.
- I’m a communist. I don’t think I’m obliged to make Communist Art, nor is anyone, but my politics informs my work, and especially my interest in place, the city, the edgeland, and class struggle across these landscapes.