action one & two

push & pull

2009

The site-specific video installation action one & two created for the exhibition Uncharted Stories at the Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Art, responded to the space by using the narrowest corners of the gallery to create a mirroring projection of two actions performed for the camera. Action one represents a macro-vision of a transparent and jelly material that looks like a micro-world of cellule-like forms, attempting to pull each other apart; action two shows a female subject blowing to exhaustion into the same type of material, the more she blows the more she distorts the reflection of herself. Looking in and looking out, action one & two negotiate a space between the self and the world around.

Sweeping actions no #1

2017

Framing as choreographic moments, the sweeping and walking actions of the cleaning and security staff inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid – such an extraordinary space in an incongruous place –  Sweeping Actions no #1 juxtaposes the timeless gleaming white hallways and floors of the space with the slow, repetitive and uninspired movements of the working staff that seemingly aimlessly, walk back and forth across the building during opening hours. Defining their walks as lines in space, Emanuele channels these movements as if there was a stage they were rising on.

Sweeping Actions no #1 has been made after a residency at Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2014; it has been included in A History of Drawing, an exhibition at Camberwell Space that charts the history of teaching and making of drawing at Camberwell College of Arts curated by Kelly Chorpening.

Facades

2012

Wall # 1, # 3, # 5 and # 6 are a part of a series of images titled Facades. Digitally manipulated photographs revel the interior walls of a knocked down building in an initial stage of restoration. By erasing it’s surrounding the building is taken out of context. The suspended walls becomes a sort of theatrical setting at once interior and facade; acquiring an iconic sense of sacrality, which reveals the power and vulnerability of the process exposed.

Drawing outlines no 3

Looking for myself

2016

Looking for myself is part of the Drawing outlines series. A recurrent concern in Emanuele’s practice lies in how the body continues beyond its physical boundaries into the space, which implicates a spatial and a social context; an investigation that she undertakes with varied approaches across a range of medium.

Untitled #2

rebalancing the self

2010

 

Honey

2008

Shot over a 12-hours period, from dawn to sunset the video Honey is an edit version of the film in real time. A gradual and continuous change of the world map unfolds beyond our eyes as an ever-growing number of ants approach the drawing to its complete disappearance.

Milk font/Milk vessel

2007

Milk font/Milk vessel was born as a site-specific response to the Florence Trust Residency. It appropriated the iconography of the architecture at Florence Trust by filling the church font not with holy water, but with a rich, thick, velvety white liquid that evoked an eerie sense of timelessness.  The work was consequently adapted for a gallery context and titled Milk Vessel, where the video was projected into an ice container.

One of thousands

2007

One of thousands was created as a site-specific response to the Florence Trust Residency; composed of a video installation projected inside a narrow alleyway underneath the church organ and an additional sound piece, which was playing from above next to the organ and in other areas of the church. The particular positioning of the video encouraged an intimate and contemplative engagement with the work, whilst the sound playing from above created a disruption between moving image and sound.

Muteness

2006

In the video Muteness, the viewer witnesses a slow process of unbecoming, as the letters of the alphabet melt and disintegrate before one’s eyes with the intervention of water. The ebbing away of the form and the resulting abstract image are compelling viewing. The tenuous relationship between chaos and order is evident here, as the work acknowledges our psyche’s constant unravelling in today’s world (extract from Kathy Battista text).

Draw 2014 Symposium and Exhibition

Untitled #1

2008

Untitled #1 is part of a series of work which explore boundaries and shifting territories