Art

David Wills

Work

Research

I work predominantly with photography to form idiosyncratic archives that map, measure and catalogue society’s detritus. Whether creating large-scale photographic installations or websites, my vigilant street-based practice relies on walking. It allows me to document the ephemeral traces of human inhabitance; the insignificant, unloved and unwanted that fall under my scrutiny.

My PhD, Cultural Mulch, was interested in the significance of mass-produced collectibles as consumer marketing tools. My thesis attempted to put this into perspective by combining writing and two visual components: a large-scale photographic installation and a website called Turnstile. Together the three elements considered how consumerism and collecting connected from different perspectives.

Since then I have become more interested in the idea of futility in relation to capitalist structures that deliver too much to too few and the power of persuasion. Using photography, I document the residue of consumerism creating typologies that question value, responsibility and disparity. My adult life began as neoliberalism came into being, and I’m now looking at what it has delivered. Other threads include loneliness, surveillance, waste and vanity.

That’s just a nun with a bag of oranges exhibited at Peri Photography Center, Turku, Finland.

selected projects

I amsterdam what’s on

I amsterdam what’s on

Now I’m here

Now I’m here

Play

Play

The Garden of Time

The Garden of Time