(c) Mandy Williams 2016
I am interested in the social dynamics arising from contemporary culture - particularly how personal identity is affected by environment and how our social and affective lives interconnect. This interest in the psychology of place has been a catalyst for both autobiographical and voyeuristic projects, documentary approaches to more conceptual ones. Much of my photographic and video work highlights the domestic environment, although projects sometimes refer more broadly to place and sites in transition. My recent series share an underlying narrative about human interaction or presence. Some of these include Unseen Landscapes (2012-16), which use Google Street View as a starting point to create somewhere otherworldly and Riverbed Stories (2012-15), photography and video documenting polluted riverbeds in South East London.
I live and work in London. I studied art history at Warwick and Communications (Film) at Goldsmith’s. I lived in Vancouver, Canada for several years, and was represented by a commercial gallery where I had solo exhibitions of photographic and video works, as well as exhibiting in artist-run and public galleries across Canada and the United States. I was awarded a visual arts grant from the Canada Council and had work purchased by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Since returning to London, I have exhibited in various group exhibitions including the London Art Fair with Bearspace Gallery; Royal West of England Academy, where I won a prize for the best original print in 2011, the photography prize in 2014, and was a shortlisted Academician candidate in 2015; Raven Row, London; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland; Deptford X, London; and National Open Art at Somerset House (2014) and Royal College of Art (2015). I had a solo show, Waiting for You at House Gallery, London (2013), and a solo show, River Stories, Unseen Landscapes at Gallery 7 - Pie Factory, Margate (2016). My videos have been screened in Athens, Moscow, Cairo, Poland, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Washington, New Zealand, and across the UK.
My work has been reviewed as 'sensually and psychologically intriguing' (Asian Art News), possessing 'moments and places of tension because the characters in her work take risks to get there' (Lola Magazine, Toronto).
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