About this artwork

‘This is my Land’ is a cinematic portrait of a self-sufficient, solitary man called Jake Williams. Residing in a ramshackle cottage in rural Aberdeenshire, Rivers films Williams as he goes about his daily routine. Much of Rivers’s work focuses on the self-contained worlds of those who have turned their backs on aspects of modern living. In utilising an old Bolex camera the film has an archival quality, which gives the impression that Williams is a character from the past rather than the here and now. It is a tender exploration of a man who has separated himself from contemporary society.

  • title:
    This is my land
  • accession number:
    GMA 5162
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  • materials:
    16mm black-and-white film, with sound, 14min.
  • date created:
    2006
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2011
  • copyright:
    © Ben Rivers, courtesy of Kate McGarry, London (photography credit 'This is My Land' 16mm film still by Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers