Sam Williams

Sam Williams (b. 1985, Essex, UK) is an artist living and working in London. He studied MA Sculpture & Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2016 and received a distinction for his thesis "Involuntary Visions, Inner Landscapes." His work negotiates liminal spaces, body and gesture. Sam has exhibited and screened work at institutions such as TAP (Southend) Tate Britain, Jerwood Space and the V&A Museum (London.) As part of the audio-visual group Emptyset he has performed internationally and has shown collaborative works with choreographer Rosemary Butcher at The Place (London), Nottingham Contemporary and Akademie der Künste (Berlin.)

Sam's Estuary work, Until they feel – ahead of them – a barrier, is a reflection on the the human body as a threshold between interior and exterior space. Taking place in the post-industrial estuary landscape, the figures, like the architecture, appear as ghosts caught in cycles of unstable and unproductive gesture. Both they and the landscape appear at a limit, on thresholds of action and inaction, of holding and releasing, falling and walking, expectation and arrival. All elements struggle to remain visible. There is a sense of attempting to see the unseen, the bodies inhabiting conditions of the site and the site exerting pressure upon the bodies.

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