Williams Gamaker’s work deals with performance and complex renderings of reality via documentary, fiction and video installations. A key aspect of her practice is the use of collaboration: she considers her work living research into meeting people and finding ways to record their stories. Working as director on video installations, feature films and short-term projects with community groups, Williams Gamaker allows her collaborations to develop in surprising directions. Her approach focuses on how the individuals and actors themselves influence the work’s form, a key part of the making process.
Williams Gamaker’s work also explores performance as physical research, as in her latest video Words in Movement (2014, with Berta Roth), Scaling Copan (2009) and Performance for Cows (2010), both with frequent collaborator Julia Kouneski (US).
For over 10 years, together with Dutch artist and cultural theorist Mieke Bal (and their Cinema Suitcase collective) Williams Gamaker has completed several films and installations. She is also a fine art tutor, specialising in performance and video, and part of this includes lecturing and writing texts. Their latest work is Madame B(2014), a feature film and 19-screen video installation due for exhibition in 2014 in Estonia, Switzerland, Finland and Colombia.
Her upcoming solo project is a large-scale video triptych entitled Black Matter Earth, a post-romantic re-imagining of the female characterisations in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s films A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947) and Gone to Earth (1950).
Williams Gamaker lives in London and travels extensively, making work in Brazil, South Africa, South Asia and across Europe. She participated in a two-year international residency programme De Ateliers, Amsterdam and completed her PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2013.
Since 2001 she has exhibited internationally, including recent exhibitions at Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź, Poland), The Freud Museum London, The Powerplant (Toronto), de Hallen (Haarlem, Netherlands), Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova (Turku, Finland) and Centro de las Artes (Monterrey, Mexico). In addition to working with Tate’s BP Art Exchange, Williams Gamaker has worked on participation projects with the Camden Arts Centre, Serpentine Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery and in educational institutes across the UK, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands.