Emily Wardill’s works are best known for their sensual and psychologically charged refracted narratives. Wardill’s films, photographic works, drawings, and props investigate the complexities of communication and representation, the limitations and imprecision of language, and the point at which the immaterial adopts the material through insinuation.
born in 1977, UK
lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal
Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
Altman Siegal, San Francisco, USA(forthcoming)
No Trace of Accelerator, FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, France (forthcoming)
No trace of Accelerator, Lund Konsthalle, Sweden (forthcoming)
No Trace of Accelerator, Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen, Norway
When you fall into a Trance, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, UK
Projections: Emily Wardill, RISD, Providence, United States
Servant, The Biennale of the Moving Images 2016, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland
The Palace, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
When you fall into a trance, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
As Is Is, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, USA
When you fall into a trance, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
When you fall into a trance, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium
The Palace, STANDARD(OSLO), Oslo, Norway
When you fall into a trance, The Collection Lincoln and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
The Third Person, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
The Third Person, ARTES - Fundação Manuel António da Mota, Porto, Portugal
found himself in a walled garden on the top of a high mountain, and in the middle of it a tree with great birds on the branches, and fruit out of which, if you held a fruit to your ear, came the sound of fighting, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fulll Firearms, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Hands Of A Clock, Even When Out Of Order, Must Know And Let The Dumbest Little Watch Know Where They Stand, Otherwise Neither Is A Dial But Only A White Face With A Trick Mustache, FRAC Champagne, Reims, France
Game Keepers without Game, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany
Windows broken, break, broke together, De Apple, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Game Keepers without Game, Showroom, London, England
Game Keepers without Game, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sea Oak/The Diamond (Descartes Daughter), Follow Fluxus, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden
Fortescue Avenue, London, England
Sick Serena and dregs and wreck and wreck, STANDARD(OSLO), Norway
Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, ICA, London, England
Basking in what feels like ‘an ocean of grace’, I soon realise that I’m not looking at it, but rather that I AM it, recognising myself, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner, London, England
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
Untitled, Show with Tamar Guimaraes and Ana Gallardo, Lund Konsthalle, Lund, Schweden
If only Bella Abzug were here, Marc Straus Gallery, New York, USA
I gave my love a cherry that had no stone, The Biennale of Moving Images 2016, Centre d'art contemporain Geneve
The Second Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine
Artefact Expo: You Must Change Your Life, STUK, Leuven, Belgium
I hear your voice reflected in a glass and it sounds like it is inside of me, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Memory Palaces, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Walk though British Art, Exhibition of permanent Collection, Tate Britain, London, UK
Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artist‘s Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013, Tate Modern, London, UK
and Materials and Money and Crisis, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
See Under: Actor, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel
Beyond the Object, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Pro-Choice, Centre d\'Art de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
Sequences VI, real time art festival, Reykiavik, Iceland
Channeled, Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden
New Year‘s Day Swimmers, Gallery Altman Siegel, San Francisco, USA
A reader of materials and a writer of forms, MOT, Brussels
The Body Argument, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
If you shoot a bullet in a vacuum it will keep on traveling forever, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
ILLUMInations, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
David Noonan and Emily Wardill, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
The British Art Show, Heywood Gallery, Tramway, Glasgow, The Castle, Nottingham, England
Paying A Visit to Mary, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,CT, USA
Beating the Bounds, Tate Britain, London, England
47th New York Film Festival, Walter Reade Theater, New York, USA
The Reach of Realism, MOCA, Miami, USA
Oscar Tuazon/Emily Wardill, Basel Premier, Basel, Switzerland
Sitting Cinema, Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Noli Me Legere, Michael Lett, New Zealand
The True Artist, Triangle, Marseille, France
Park Night, Perfomance, Serpentine Pavillion, London, England
Word Event, Group Show, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
Whose History?, curated by Ian White, Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Reykjavik Experiment Marathon, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Reykjavik, Iceland
Neither either nor or, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
An Ambiguous Case, curated by Emily Pethick, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
Ben, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia
Itchy Park V, One night performance, music, film and video event, Limehouse, Town Hall, London, England
Film as a Critical Practice, OCA, Oslo, Norway
Ballet Mecanique, curated by Emma Dexter, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England
London Film Festival, curated by Mark Webber, London, England
Hi Fi, One night screening, Tate Britain, London, England
Pastoral, curated by Michelle Cotton, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Kinomuseum, curated by Ian White and Emily Pethick, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Depiction Perversion Repulsion Obsession Subversion Film, Screening, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Der Ficker, Group Show curated by Franz West, Fortescue Avenue. London, England
Itchy Park IVI, One night performance, music, film and video event. Limehouse Town Hall, London
Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires, Ancient & Modern, London
Remove Celebrity Centre, Audio Project curated by Nathaniel Mellors and Dan Fox, Lightbox, Film Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, England
Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul, Show with Sterling Ruby, Fortesque Avenue, England
Itchy Park III, One night performance, music, film and video event, Limehouse Town Hall, London
Le Voyage, Interieur Group Show, curated by Alex Farquarson and Alexie Valliant, Espace Electra, Paris, France
Slimvolume, curated by Andrew Hunt, Silverbridge, Galerie Nomadenoase, London, England
Itchy Park II, Limehouse Town Hall, London, England
Romantic Detachment, PS1 MoMA, Long Island
Feast Against Nature, commissioned by Henry Moore Foundation and Grizedale Arts, Lake District, PS1, NY, USA
Itchy Park Video, Performance and music event, Limehouse Town Hall, London, England
Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity, curated by Andrew Hunt, Rockwell Institute, Rockwell Institute, London
The Royal Road to the Unconscious, The Telephone Repeater Station, Catterick, North Yorkshire, The Freud Museum, London, England
A short Hello and a Long Goodbye, A micro intervention into cinema, curated by Klaus Weber, Various cinemas, London, Berlin, Los Angeles
New Contemporaries 2000, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, England
Awards and Residencies
2012 Fundação Manuel António da Mota, Programa de Arte Contemporânea
2011 FLAMIN award
2011 Winner of the Leverhulme Award
2010 Winner of the Jarman Award
2008 Shortlisted for the Jarman Award
2008 Botkyrka konsthall, Residency, Sweden
2008 The Wiesbaden Grant: Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus, Wiesbaden, Germany
2007 Fulham Palace Comission, London
2007 FLAMIN / Bristol Meantime Residency, Bristol
2007 Elephant Trust Award
2006 Hollybush Gardens Swedish Residence, Norberg, Sweden
2004 PS1, Grizdale Arts & Henry Moore Foundation Commission
2004, 2005, 2007 + 2009 Arts Council Grants for the Arts
2003 Grizedale Arts Research and Development Residency, Lake District + New York.
2001 Artist in Residence at The National Institute for Medical Research. Mill Hill. London
Articles and Publications (Selection)
Fox, Charlie: Skating on thin ice, in: Sight and Sound, NS 24. No. 2. February 2014.
Perlson, Hili: Three is the magic number, in: Sleek, Summer 2013.
Würfel, Carolin Rita: Die Dreiecksbeziehung, in: Vogue (online), März 2013.
Bell, Kirsty: Borderlands, in: Art in America, November 2012.
Larios, Pablo: Emily Wardill, in: Frieze, Issue 5, Summer 2012.
Gronlund, Melissa: Circuits and Subterfuge. Emily Wardill and the Body Imaginary, in: Afterall, 28 Autumn/Winter 2011.
Roelstraete, Dieter: The Allegorical Impulse, Revisited. Emily Wardill in Fragment, in: Afterall, 28 Autumn/Winter 2011.
Fiduccia, Joanna: Emily Wardill, in: Artforum, 2010.
Higgie, Jennifer: Chaos Theory, in: Frieze, Isssue 133, September 2010 .
Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Emily Wardill, in: MAP Magazine, Issue 23, Autumn 2010.
Timonen, Maija: Patricidal Film Making, in: Mute Magazine, March 2010.
We are Behind, Co production with Ian White, Published By de Appel and Bookworks, 2010.
Gavin Everall and Jane Rolo (Editor): Emily Wardill and Ian White. We are behind, Amsterdam 2010.
Sperlinger, Mike: Artists at Work. Emily Wardil, in: Afterall, Januar 2009.
Palumbo, Stefania: Mousse Magazine, Issue 16, 2009.
Emerging Artists, Gigiotto Del Vecchio + Lizzie Carey Thomas, in: Frieze, December 2008.
Sauper, Hupert: Life in Film, in: Frieze, March 2009.
Lack, Jessica: Artist of the Week, in: The Guardian, October 2008.
Comer, Stuart: Best of 2008, in: Art Forum, December 2008.
Perry, Colin: Emily Wardill, in: Art Monthly, October 2008.
Gruhn, Elke (Editor): Emily Wardill, September 2008.
Basar, Shumon : Letter from Iceland, in: Art Monthly, July 2008.
Kopsa, Maxine: Deep in the circled by hazardous, in: Metropolis M , August/September 2008.
Kay, Elisa: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, in: Untitled Magazine, Spring 2008.
Reynolds, Lucy: Time Unfolding, in: Vertigo Magazine, Summer 2008.
Gronlund, Melissa: Emily Wardill, in: Frieze, Issue 109, September 2007.
Changing Roles in Artists. Personal views and wishes, Witte de With source book, 2007.
Stout, Katherine: Keep on Onnin, TATE publications, 2007.
Sgualdini, Silvia: One drop of water falling onto nail is more or less than anything else, in: UOVO Magazine, Silvia Sgualdini, 2007.
Smith, Roberta: A storm of art as Baselmania engulfs Miami, in: New York Times, December 2006.
The New Art, Rachmaninoff, 2006.
Le Voyage Interieur, Espace EDF Electra, 2006.
Haines, Bruce: The Feast Against Nature, in: Art Monthly, October 2004.
Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, James Putnam Thames and Hudson, October 2001.
Exhibitions at carlier | gebauer
Ballet d'un petit doigt dans une main, Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada
No Trace of Accelerator (solo show), Kunsthall Bergen
I gave my love a cherry that had no stone, The Biennale of Moving Images, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland (upcoming in November 2016)
- No Trace of Accelerator (solo show), FRAC Franche-Comté Bescanson, France (upcoming in 2017)
Tamar Guimaraes, Ana Gallardo, Emily Wardill, Lund Konsthall Lund, Sweden
When you fall into a trance, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
If only Bella Abzug were here, Marc Straus Gallery
Altman Siegal, San Francisco, USA