Katie Davies

Katie Davies (b.1979)

Katie Davies is a video artist exploring the construction of identities, their reflections and manipulations. Nationalism, violence and democracy form a central critique for her videos and installations, often focusing upon individuals and communities whose identities are dictated by the state; their agency to self-identify snared between political agendas and Sovereign violence.

Katie is a Royal West of England Academician and was nominated for the 2016 Paul Hamlyn Award. She is a Jury member for the International competition, Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2018 and has exhibited nationally and internationally including FACT Liverpool 2018, Kassel Dokfest, Bratislava International Film Festival and Oberhausen International Film Festival 2017 & 2015, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, Border Visions, Connecticut, USA 2012 and The Istanbul Biennial 2009. She has contributed to several publications and her writing on practice-led research has been included in US and British publications. Katie is Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Production at The University of The West of England.

Projects & Artworks

The Separate System

Single Screen and Two Screen Installation

Produced with two prisons in Liverpool, The Separate System explores the distinct, yet interconnected, spaces of the military, custody and ‘civilian’ life.

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Sleeping in Public

Single Screen Installation

Sleeping in Public considers what it means to work or, rather, who we are without work.

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The Lawes of the Marches

Three Screen installation, 22 minutes
Single Screen, 16 minutes

The Lawes of the Marches follows the political/social border and how the landscape between England and Scotland was acted out during the 2014 Referendum vote.

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The Separation Line

Single Screen Installation, 9 minutes

The Separation Line exposes a British border shared by hundreds of civilians and members of the Armed Forces.

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Single Screen, 9 minutes

'In the video, Commonwealth, Davies shifts her focus between three distinct types of ceremonial activity taking place within Sheffield Town Hall: the citizenship ceremonies, the council meetings and...

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38th Parallel

8 minute looping installation

“Filmed at the Demilitarized Zone on the border between North and South Korea, the work 38th Parallel seeks to portray the particular reality of this contested site. It is a reality marked by an eerie sense of latency.

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Speaker, South Korea

Digital print with soundtrack

“Remember, once you get to The Demilitarized Zone, there is no more De”, David Palmer, Public Affairs Specialist for the US Forces Korea. On experiencing this Militarized environment, there is...

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Looking for Abraham

Single screen, 3 minutes 52 seconds

Filmed in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Looking for Abraham is a four-minute excerpt from a stand up routine captured during happy hour in a European hostel. The comic cultivates a relationship between...

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Exhibitions & Screenings


Sleeping in Public, single screen installation, Bristol Museum Contemporary Art Collection, October

The Separate System, two screen installation, FACT, Liverpool, October

63rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, May

The Separate System, public screening and Q&A, FACT, Liverpool, April

Reflections on Sovereignty 1: Citizens of Nowhere, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, March


Time, Race Lawes, Screening with William Raban, BEEF, Bristol, 2016

Nominated for Paul Hamlyn Award


+/-, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford

21st Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia

61st International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany

The Lawes of the Marches, Gallery North, Newcastle

The Sensory War, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

Back to the Future, The Cube Cinema, Bristol


The Lawes of the Marches, 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick Upon Tweed

The Lawes of the Marches, Solo exhibition, Berwick Visual Arts and Residency, Berwick Upon Tweed

The Separation Line, Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland

Shock and Awe, 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War and 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

History Repeating, The Cube Cinema, Bristol

Lectures & Talks


Artists Talk, Art and Politics, London, 2015

Sarajevo Film Festival

Artists Talk and Q&A, Sarajevo, Bosnia, 2015


Malcolm X Community Centre, Chairing Q&A with Jeremy Corbyn, 2015

Oberhausen International Film Festival

Artists Talk and Q&A, Oberhausen, Germany, 2015

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Artists Talk and Q&A, Berwick Upon Tweed, 2015

Estate, a Reverie

The Cube Cinema, Bristol, Chairing the panel, screening and discussion of ‘Estate, a Reverie’ with Andrea Zimmerman, 2015

Back to The Future

The Cube Cinema, Bristol, A Screening and discussion of six contemporary artists films, Chaired by Al Cameron, 2015

History Repeating

The Cube Cinema, Bristol, A Screening and discussion of six contemporary artists films, Chaired by Al Cameron, 2014

Reviews & Publications

The New York Times

A Century of War Rendered in Art, Christopher f. Schuetze, October 2014

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The Quietus

Festival Review, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Michael Pattison, October 2014

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Artists 3D-print radiation beam from a spinning star

Forthcoming: ‘Dead Air’ The Acoustic Of War And Peace – Creative Interpretations Of The Sounds Of Conflict And Remembrance

Co-authored with Professor Paul Gough for Conflict and the Senses to be published by Routledge, late 2016

+ / -, Joseloff Gallery

Exhibition Catalogue, Hartford, USA, 2015

The Sensory War 1914-2014

Bodies, Minds and Environments, Ana Carden-Coyne, Exhibition Catalogue text, The Imperial War Museum, Cambrian Press, 2014

Back From the Front

Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War, Paul Gough, Exhibition Catalogue text, The Royal West of England Academy, 2014

Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film, August 2013

Chapter 11: Border Imaging Revealing the Gaps between the Reality, the Representation, and the Experience of the Border, Chapter from Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film, Edited by Jakub Kazecki Karen A. Ritzenhoff Cynthia J. Miller, Scarecrow Press, 2013


Katie Davies

Address: Studio 19, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX