Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen, Paris
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Bedwyr Williams, Echt, 2014. Digital video, 26'. Courtesy of the artist
Bedwyr Williams is interested in the absolute worst-case scenarios and the people that get caught up in them—average-sized people in over-sized situations. The film Echt depicts a dystopian future in which a fast-track feudal system has left the country divided among new unscrupulous chieftains.
In this new world, where status is based on conspicuous consumption, hoarders are kings. These accumulators of objects and junk have set up their new courts in former dancehalls and nightclubs, and are accompanied by a host of Williams' acutely observed characters. His curious and fantastical film imagines a future in which an apocalyptic event has forced humanity to reform society, having disregarded previous rules.
Bedwyr Williams was born in 1974, he lives and works in Caemarfon, Wales. He won the Paul Hamlyn Award for the Visual Arts in 2005 and has represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Bonner Kunstverein in 2011 and at the Ikon Gallery Birmingham in 2012. Echt has been presented at Glasgow International in April 2014 and is also presented at the Salzburger Kunstverein up to November 30th.