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Samuel Kennedy (Change Maker Artist)

Samuel Kennedy is an independent dance and performance artist based in London.

As a performer he has worked with, amongst others, Yvonne Rainer, Charles Linehan, Pablo Bronstein, Theo Clinkard, Franko B, Lucy McCormick, Florence Peake, Joe Moran, Rahel Vonmoos, Simon Vincenzi, and Robert Clark performing these works in both high profile and underground spaces across the UK and internationally.

As a maker he has performed his work in The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and the UK. His work can manifest as video, Sound, Durational or Installation based performances and interventions that are aesthetically driven.

He tussles with his own history and the current political climate whilst looking to unpick intersectional systems of oppression through abstraction and absurdity, his work attempts to reconnect with the sublime and employs action, artifice and image. He makes work that is accessible, queer and cynically humorous.

Whilst in residence at Metal Southend Sam has been planning, preparing and shooting a new video work he is making in collaboration with Artist Sam Williams that forms part of a wider performance project Looks like God left the phone off the hook.

 

Directed and Edited by Sam Williams

Performed by Samuel Kennedy and Lucy McCormick

Shot by Paul Bates

Make-up design by Elle McMahon

 

The work appropriates the zombie and uses it’s body as a metaphor for the abandonment of the working classes by consecutive governments.