Katie Davies is a moving image artist and documentary filmmaker based in Bristol. She works with groups and communities creating single and multiple screen installations, using 16mm film and moving image work to explore the construction of collective identities.
Nationalism and violence often form a central critique for her projects, focusing upon identities which are dictated by the state; their agency to self-identify manipulated between political agendas and media discourse. Captured through a sustained relationship of deep listening and dialogue, her collaborators often take control of their own representations of self and identity. Their stories emerge through their own creative process, repositioning past narratives and forging new identities with which to move forward.
Katie approaches critical thinking through filmmaking, images, text-based work, research methods and audience engagement. She is also a member of the artist-run collective BEEF (Bristol Experimental Expanded Film), a film and sound collective supporting experimental practice in Bristol since 2015 and providing an independent platform and much-needed resource for artists’ production, distribution and critical engagement.
Katie is a Royal West of England Academician and was nominated for the 2016 Paul Hamlyn Award. She was a Jury member for the International competition, Short Film Festival Oberhausen 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.
Her practice-led PhD research focused upon British Sovereignty and it’s contemporary bordering practices and she has contributed to several practice-led publications, writing for both US and British publications.
Returning to a field of battle, but one that took place over 200 years before they were born, a team of veterans and archaeologists uncover the second skeleton to be found from the Battle of Waterloo. Painstakingly revealing a possible former soldier, they endeavour to piece together his representation, both for solidarity and for remembrance.
Feeling cut off and cast out from the communities they called home, two crews of veterans sail the coast of the British Isles and navigate the Thames. They find peace in being at one with nature and a true sense of belonging and purpose again as part of a team.