An Artist’s talk by Emily Wardill – and they lay them before you like reasons

You are warmly invited to attend the next DVA Lecture.

By blurring truth and fiction, symbolism and reality, and rationality and emotion in her work, Wardill unlocks the hierarchical structures of knowledge and rearranges them.

While her practice contains an element of analysis, she experiments with different visual or verbal structures, deliberately resisting meaning that settles in form. This resistance comes from an interest in styles of communication and the persistence of images to outlive their initial purpose.

Her films consciously emphasize the irreducible qualities of images as well as their emancipatory potential taking an interest in the way in which the symbolic is used within the communication of nebulous ideas or political rhetoric. Her approach emphasizes the strangeness of images and undermines narrative cohesion. The film develop its own life and dynamic, to be absorbed by the senses rather than through logic.

Wardill’s work makes a central contribution to contemporary art film and was exhibited, among others, at the Serpentine Gallery London (2012), the Showroom Gallery London (2010), the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (2011), the Baadischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2011), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge/MA (2010) and the ICA, London (2008). In 2004 the artist showed the performance event The Feast Against Nature in Grizedale in the Lake District and at the New York PS1 Contemporary Art Center.

In 2011 she took part in the Venice Biennale. Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010 and the Leverhulme Award in 2011. Recently her films were shown in the context of solo shows, namely The Third Person in the ARTES) and When you fall into a trance in La Loge, Brussels (2012).

Emily Wardill, born in 1977, lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She will talk about her own work and show films.

The Distinguished Visiting Artist Program is made possible by the generous support of the Rennie Collection.

All events are free and open to the public.