Samuel Stevens

Natural Disaster, 2008, Samue Stevens, C-Type Print,

Stevens is a filmmaker, artist and lecturer at the University of Westminster. His work is supported by the Arts Foundation, since winning the Essay Filmmaking Fellowship, 2017, and is distributed by Pamphleteer Films.

He has recently completed the film Spanish Labyrinth (2017). The film traces the journey of avant-garde filmmaker Eli Lotar across Spain in 1931, echoing the main interests in his filmmaking centering around ecological, social and political realities in Europe.

During a period when economic migration represented a key area of interest to him, Stevens used research grants, awarded through his MA at the Slade, to travel within Europe and create a roster of films. Atlantopa (2009) imagined a bridge across the straits of Gibraltar, a symbol of inter-continental unity which would allow migrants to easily cross into Europe. The film won a Jury Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan (2010) and was toured to various major UK locations including the Serpentine (2010) and the Frieze Art Fair.

Stevens has carved an international exhibition trail, participating in shows such as Lo Inconmensurable, Una Idea de Europa at CENTROCENTRO, Madrid (2016), Goodgangsters at the Taipei Museum of Fine Art (2008) and New Semantics at the Whitechapel, London (2006), as well as his solo exhibition WHY LOOK? at The Joinery, Dublin in 2011. Constantly looking to current issues as the primary source for his work, Stevens contributed several works to COBRA-RES’, a curatorial group who create art in response to actual events that trigger emergency governmental meetings. These ‘quick-reaction’ pieces bear witness to the influence of Dziga Vertov’s images of ‘life caught unawares’ in his own work, which he describes as “an observational method that attempts to frame the natural rhythms and performances of life”.

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