Kei Langley and Samuel Bestwick

To kick off our 2022 programme we are hosting our first ever four month residency at Back Lane West. We’re really excited to welcome two emerging artists as our residents from January to April, Kei Langley and Samuel Bestwick, both based in Cornwall.

They will be sharing the space to develop independent projects, though they have previously worked together on Kei’s project Keskorra that was funded by CAMP’s 2021 Curator Residency.

During her time at Back Lane West, Kei will be looking into the intermittent bouts of allowed absurdity and mania through local traditions and rituals that disrupt the inactivity and serenity of rural areas. Specifically by means of her own childhood memories of growing up in St Ives and via the investigation of invisible and mysterious local elements.

Sam’s intention is to use the space to support his current practice as well as developing two new projects; both of which explore Cornish culture and its history, focusing specifically on the county’s changing relationship to the wider world. Through the residency he hopes to re-establish himself within the roots of his practice whilst also experimenting with and developing his use of moving image.

Biography

Kei Langley

Kei is a transdisciplinary artist living and working in Cornwall. Exploring the resonant relationship that she has to the surrounding world, specifically how we navigate this connection between our internal self to our external location, especially through our complex environment layered with nature and technology and the organic and man-made. Through this process she begins to understand the phenomenological contract we have with the space we inhabit.

Samuel Bestwick

Sam describes himself as a video artist / filmmaker person, though his work utilises multiple mediums: printmaking, installation, photography etc. – he’s often drawn to the presentation of moving images. Sam utilises mythologies and religious texts in his work, relating the narratives contained within them to a present day context. Recently his work has shifted more towards the act of looking and, by extension, philosophies surrounding the camera itself.