Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) Talk – Michelle Williams Gamaker

Events — Public Talk COS 124 & Microsoft Teams
6 April 2022, 14:00

We are very lucky to have Michelle Williams Gamaker as our final artist to end our series of artist talks for the Fine Art Research Unit.

This talk will also be of particular interest to students and staff working in Photography, Film, TV and Moving Image, as well as in Fine Art. All welcome.

Michelle Williams Gamaker is an artist working in moving image, often in dialogue with film history, particularly 20th Century Hollywood and British studio films. Through an interrogation of cinema and its artifice, she recasts characters as fictional activists, proposing critical alternatives to colonial and imperialist storytelling in early 20th-century British and Hollywood studio films. Her work has featured in BFI FLARE LGBTQ+ Film Festival (2017) and BFI’s LFF Experimenta programme (2018, 2021) and is in the Arts Council Collection. Her trilogy Dissolution is currently screening I Multiply Each Day, at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, and her work will feature in the triennial, The London Open 2022 at Whitechapel Gallery. Williams Gamaker is joint-winner of Film London’s Jarman Award 2020, and is recipient of the Stuart Croft Moving Image Award 2020 for The Bang Straws (2021), which won the Best Experimental Film at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. She was awarded the FLAMIN production round to support her new film Thieves. She was also one of the selectors for the Liverpool John Moores Painting Prize and for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, both in 2021

Image Still from The Bang Straws
Image Still from The Bang Straws

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