The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
20 October 2022 - 8 October 2023
10.00 - 17.00, closed on Monday
Free to all

The Silver Wave, by critically-acclaimed moving image and performance artist, Michelle Williams Gamaker was commissioned by RAMM in 2020 to celebrate the theme of untold stories.

Inspired by objects from the Arctic region in RAMM's collection, Gamaker 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 four men Ada travelled with fell ill and eventually died or disappeared in an attempt to seek help, leaving her 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.

The Silver Wave was previously displayed at RAMM in Spring 2021.

For more information about the artist see michellewilliamsgamaker.com

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