Emily Wardill

Night for Day. 2020. Photo: Iris Ranzinger
i gave my love a cherry that had no stone. Video installation with stereo sound, 8 minute loop. 2016
Game Keepers without Game, Video installation with 5.1 sound, 72 mins, 2010. Photo: Polly Braden
SEA OAK. 2008. 16mm Film Installation, 51 min

Emily Wardill’s (UK, 1977) interest in stages towards understanding that might become spaces of a different kind has inspired her to make work stemming from case studies on risk assessment that chart a series of mysterious fires in the French Jura, to a psychoanalytical case study on negative hallucination to memory palaces and their relationship to colourless vision, to stained glass as an early way to communicate with largely illiterate public, to her most recent work ‘Night 4 Day’ which looks at the filmic technique of day for night and reverses it as a way to reflect on technologies, control and utopia situated in contemporary Portugal.

Wardill’s work has been exhibited in solo shows including Secession (2020) Kohta,Helsinki (2019) Bergen Kunsthall (2017), Gulbenkian Project Spaces (2017), INDEX, Stockholm (2014), The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2012); de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2012); The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (2011) List Centre MIT Boston and ICA, London (2007–08). Her work was included in group shows at Te Tuhi, New Zealand (2019), XYZ Collective, Toyko (2019) The Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva (2016), Salzburger Kunstverein (2015), the Serpentine Gallery London (2012), the Showroom Gallery London (2010), the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (2011), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge/MA (2010), the ICA, London (2008), the Hayward Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; MUMOK Vienna; and MOCA, Miami. Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010 and the Leverhulme Award in 2011. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and the 19th Sydney Bienalle (2014). Wardill has taught at The University of the Arts (Helsinki), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Central Saint Martins (London), Academy of Fine Arts (Munich), School of the Art Institute (Chicago) ,National Art School (Sydney,Australia), Städelschule. (Frankfurt), Academy of Fine Arts (Karlsruhe), Goldsmiths University. (London) & the CCA (San Francisco). Wardill currently works as a Professor at Malmo Art Academy, Sweden and as a visiting tutor at Maumaus, Lisbon.

At AIR 351 Wardill will develop her project ‘In Threes’ looking at the relationship between mechanical and the biological models of the mind through music’s particular relationship to consciousness.

09.2020 – 07.2022
Institutional Partner
República Portuguesa, Ministério da Cultura