Michelle Williams Gamaker

04 March 2020

Deptford X Supported: Now OPEN for applications. Deadline: 19th April 2020

Michelle Williams Gamaker interrogates cinematic construction through moving image, performance and installation. Her work proposes critical alternatives to colonial and imperialist approaches to storytelling in 20th Century British and Hollywood studio films.  She recently completed a trilogy of films entitled ‘Dissolution’ (2019), comprising ‘House of Women’ (2017), ‘The Fruit is There to be Eaten’ (2018) and ‘The Eternal Return’ (2019), in which characters from Powell and Pressburger’s 1947 ‘Black Narcissus’ unravel as they become aware of their screened and staged realities. In 2019 she presented her solo ‘Distant Relative’ at Tintype. She is currently working on a new exhibition The End of The River for the Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds and is completing the ‘Untold Stories’ commission at Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, which will result in a new film ‘The Silver Wave’ (2020) and is part of the Arts Council’s Go On Being So at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.

“I am participating in Deptford X Supported because as a BAME artist, I am so aware of how many barriers exist for early career artists of colour. Schemes that widen access with funding, production and curatorial support are vital but sadly too few, so being part of this panel is a contribution to the on-going work that many PoC artists fight for to balance the field of cultural production by recognising BAME talent.”