The silver wave

The Silver Wave by Michelle Williams Gamaker

By crit­i­cal­ly-acclaimed artist Michelle Williams Gamak­er, The Sil­ver Wave was com­mis­sioned by RAMM in 2020 to cel­e­brate the theme of Untold Stories’.

Inspired by objects from the Arctic region in RAMM’s collection, Gamaker tells the story of Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiat woman from Nome, Alaska, who became the sole survivor of a doomed expedition to Russia’s Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.

The explorers were hoping to claim the island for the British Empire, but as the four men Ada travelled with fell ill and eventually died or disappeared in an attempt to seek help, she was left alone on the island.

Ada’s diary of this ill-fated voyage, are filled with thoughts of her young son Bennet, who she had had to leave behind in a care home. Extracts from this diary provide the dialogue to the film read by Iñupiat poet and writer Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen, from the Ugiuvamiut tribe.

‘The Silver Wave’ was previously displayed at RAMM in Spring 2021.

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The silver wave
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