The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, EXETER, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tel: 01392 265858

The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker

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The Silver Wave, by critically-acclaimed moving image and performance artist, Michelle Williams Gamaker, has been commissioned by RAMM to celebrate this year’s theme of ‘Untold Stories’. Inspired by objects from the Arctic region in RAMM’s collection, Williams Gamaker’s film tells the story of Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiat woman from Nome, Alaska, who became the sole survivor of a doomed expedition to Russia’s Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.

The explorers were hoping to claim the island for the British Empire, but as the four men Ada travelled with fell ill and eventually died or disappeared in an attempt to seek help, she was left alone on the island.

Ada’s diary of this ill-fated voyage, are filled with thoughts of her young son Bennet, who she had had to leave behind in a care home. Extracts from this diary provide the dialogue to the film read by Iñupiat poet and writer Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen, from the Ugiuvamiut tribe.

Michelle Williams Gamaker says of her new work, ‘Ada’s story is one of survival at all costs. Accompanying the explorers to Wrangel Island went against her better judgement, but she needed money to care for her son Bennet. It is clear in later interviews that the events that took place on the island were very traumatic to remember. Working with a selection of artefacts from RAMM's collection I take them on a journey to tell Ada’s untold story. Using projected archival images over RAMM’s objects, a scene unfolds behind that is quite fantastical, reflecting Ada’s dreams and hopes while on the island’.

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, entry to RAMM is via free timed ticket.
Book your ticket: www.rammuseum.org.uk/entrytickets

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The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker (7 Nov 2020 - 21 Mar 2021)

* Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

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