During her talk, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa reflects on the similarities and differences between the contexts and research processes that led her to produce the 2015 video Promised Lands and Carrying Yours and Standing Between You, a research/installation recently created for the exhibition Women on Aeroplanes at the Showroom Gallery in London. The opportunity to view these works so close together (Promised Lands was shown at both the Berlin Biennale and the London Film Festival last year) and to observe responses to them has given rise to a new set of questions for the artist about her artistic/research practice that have implications for how she wants her work to develop and what her ‘position’ is (or might be).
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, born in Glasgow, studied Literature at Cambridge University and Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Formerly a participant in the LUX Associate Artist Programme and a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, she is currently a doctoral candidate in Fine Art at the University of Bergen, Norway and Convener of the Africa Cluster of the Another Roadmap School. Recent or upcoming exhibitions include: Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead (Bergen Assembly 2019, Bergen), Women on Aeroplanes (The Showroom Gallery, GB & Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw) and We Don’t Need Another Hero (10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art).