Emily Wardill 

The Imagined Image

6 October 2023

For this seminar, Wardill will be focussing on her three most recent works:

Identical – exhibited at KW, Berlin this year.

Sleep Patterns and Musical Chairs – currently on show at Casa Sao Roque in Porto.

Night for Day – shown at Secession, Vienna in 2020. 

Required Reading and Viewing:

  1. Piper Marshal interviews Emily Wardill for Artist in Focus at the 35th EMAF Festival. 2022.
  2. Emily Wardill from the studio of Henriette Heise. February 24th 2022.
  3. Emily Wardill in Conversation with Kerstin Stakemeier. Carlier Gebaeur. June 2021.
  4. Octopus Notes. Issue # 10.

Emily Wardill (*1977) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Her practice spans film, video, sculpture, performance, photography and installation. It has been an ongoing enquiry into the imagined image – what it is, what it has been used for and how it leaves indelible motes and shrapnel behind it. This has taken her from examples of entropy to case studies on risk detailing fires attributed to paranormal activity. It has travelled from psychoanalytical case studies on negative hallucination to memory palaces and their relationship to colourless vision. From stained glass as an early device to communicate with the illiterate right up to the filmic technique of ‘day for night’ – reversing it to reflect on technological vision, performed gender and imagined utopias.