Grace A Williams uses found and archival footage to explore feminist power dynamics in the history of magic, mythology and film. Intermission is a two-screen projection focused on the gaze of two unknown black men whose enigmatic portraits appear on nineteenth century photographic slides found by the artist.
The images appear as artefacts of ethnographic portraiture, highlighting the role of the camera in colonial ‘othering’; a position frequently attributed to the feminine.
Williams’ hand tinting of the found images references the role of women as colourists and ‘ink and paint girls’ in photographic and cinematic histories, while the use of dual screens traces early film, where the intermission signalled a physical break in footage as well as a moment of awakening in the audience.
A limited edition C-print by Grace A Williams is available in the Gallery Shop.
Thursday 9 August, 6-8pm
Join us for the opening of our new exhibition.
Saturday 22 September, 2pm
Join artist Grace A Williams for an introduction to her work with curator Zoë Lippett.
Book a free place by calling the Gallery on 01922 654400.