6 September 2022


In this event, artist Michelle Williams Gamaker and Bella Marrin, Editor at Fieldnotes journal, will discuss Michelle’s research into the countering of dominant narratives of imperial violence through filmmaking. In the session we will watch extracts from Michelle’s films The Bang Straws (2021) and The Silver Wave (2020) in which she has developed her practice of ‘fictional activism’, an affective approach for the retelling of stories of oppression, which centres the depiction of marginalised brown characters engaged in fictionalised reenactments of social injustice. This session has been organised by editor, writer and A/WA member Bella Marrin. 

This session is free to attend and will be held on Zoom. Please register by emailing info (at) artworkassociation.org. Registered attendees will receive the link 10 minutes in advance of the discussion

Michelle Williams Gamaker is an artist and filmmaker working with fictional activism to critique imperialist storytelling in 20th-century cinema. She was joint winner of Film London’s Jarman Award and recipient of the Stuart Croft Moving Image Award in 2020. Her film The Bang Straws (2021) screened at the 65th BFI LFF Short Film Award and at the Whitechapel London Open 2022. She won the Best Experimental Film Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. She is currently working on a new film Thieves a fantasy adventure and tale of fictional revenge.

Fieldnotes is a biannual print journal publishing new writing and artworks with a focus on practices that work between disciplines and against type. The purpose of the journal is to provide a test site for ideas and research; a space for experimental modes and new prototypes. www.fieldnotes.site