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Emily Wardill: Meticulous Insanity
Meticulous Insanity
(p. 37 – 52)

Emily Wardill

Meticulous Insanity

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Emily Wardill

lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. The artist’s works blur truth and fiction, symbolism and reality, rationality and emotion. Through this they unlock the hierarchical structures of knowledge and rearrange them. Wardill’s work was exhibited, among others, at the Serpentine Gallery London (2012), the Showroom Gallery London (2010), the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (2011), the Badi­scher Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2011), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge,MA (2010) and the ICA, London (2008). In 2004 she realized the performance The Feast Against Nature in Grizedale (Lake District) 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 in, for instance, the ARTES – Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto (2012) and in La Loge, Brussels (2014).
Other texts by Emily Wardill for DIAPHANES
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Fragile Identities

What is the current state of the subject and what about the status of its self-image? In contemporary discourses we encounter more and more “fragile identities,” in artistic works as well as in scientific theories, and those are today much less referring to a critique of the concept of identity, but much rather to the relationship those concepts of identity entertain with the overall precarious state of the subject in current social conditions that are characterized by political upheaval and change.
The book Fragile Identities investigates among other things the chances and also the possible endangerments of such a fragile self and asks for the resurging urgency of a contemporary concept of subjectivity. The publication combines international artistic and scholarly contributions, discussions and project documentations in relation to the second annual theme of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.