Thieves Ephemera - cigarette cards

Michelle Williams Gamaker


About the edition

This edition of three cards by Michelle Williams Gamaker was created with our Print Studio to accompany her DCA solo exhibition Our Mountains are Painted on Glass

This set features lead characters from Michelle Williams Gamaker’s new film Thieves: Krishna Istha as Sabu, Dahong Wang as Anna May Wong and Ananaya Jaidev as The Silver Maiden.

The format of this work resembles that of items of cinema ephemera collected by Michelle Williams Gamaker since 2015, particularly a series of cigarette cards titled Portraits of Famous Stars (circa 1935).

The cigarette cards Williams Gamaker emulates were often included by tobacco companies in their packaging, now becoming collectable items that act as documents of popular culture and cultural norms.

Editions 1-5 are available as a set of three. Editions 6-10 are available individually:

  • Thieves Ephemera - cigarette cards (Ananaya Jaidev as The Silver Maiden)
  • Thieves Ephemera - cigarette cards (Krishna Istha as Sabu)
  • Thieves Ephemera - cigarette cards (Dahong Wang as Anna May Wong)

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Year 2023
Edition of 10
Media Screenprint on Peregrina Majestic Moonlight Silver 290gsm
Dimensions Each Image Size: 3.5 x 6.4cm
Each Paper Size: 4 x 6.7cm
Signature tbc

About Michelle Williams Gamaker

Michelle Williams Gamaker is a Sri-Lankan British award-winning moving image artist. Since 2014, she has been developing Fictional Activism: the restoration of marginalised film stars of colour as central figures, who return in her works as brown protagonists to challenge the fictional injustices to which they have been historically consigned. 

Williams Gamaker is joint winner of Film London’s Jarman Award (2020) and has an extensive national and international profile, including prestigious BFI London Film Festivals (2017, 2018 and 2021), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (winner of Best Experimental Film, 2021 and 2023) and Raindance (2022).  

Recent group exhibitions include A Tall Order!, Rochdale Art Gallery (2023) and a major public commission Springfield Eternal in the atrium of Springfield Hospital for charity Hospital Rooms (2023), Like There is Hope and I Can Dream of Another World at Hauser & Wirth, Whitechapel’s The London Open 2022 and I Multiply Each Day, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland (2021), 

Williams Gamaker’s major institutional solo exhibition, Our Mountains are Painted on Glass premiered Thieves (2023), her first film in Fictional Revenge. Thieves was co-commissioned by Film London, South London Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts. The show will tour to Bluecoat, Liverpool in 2024. Her work is in the Arts Council Collection, distributed by LUX and her entire filmography is part of the BFI National Film Archive. She is currently working toward a new body of work in Fictional Healing, which will complete her Critical Affection Trilogy.  

Williams Gamaker is Reader in BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is currently a British Academy Wolfson Fellow. She is a Studio Artist at Gasworks, where she is also a trustee.