Emily Wardill lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She works primarily in film, blurring concepts of truth and fiction, symbolism and reality, and rationality and emotion, to unlock and rearrange the hierarchical structures of knowledge.
Her films consciously emphasise 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.
Wardill’s work has been exhibited, among others, at the Serpentine Galleries, London, 2012; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2011; The Showroom, London, 2010; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2011; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, America, 2010; and the ICA, London, 2008.
In 2011 she took part in the Venice Biennale. In 2010 she was awarded the Jarman Award and Philip Leverhulme Prize. In addition to her practice as an artist, Wardill is a professor at Malmo Art Academy in Sweden.