Acclaimed visual artist Emma Hart unveils her a new installation Mamma Mia! today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The commissioned work forms the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, which awarded Emma a 6 month Italian residency split across Milan, Todi and Faenza.
I had the pleasure of photographing Emma as a recipient of the esteemed Awards for Artists given by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Whilst setting up lights and composing a suitable frame, Emma and I proceeded rapidly into a rather insightful philosophical conversation about the advent of 'digital', serving as a seismic disruptor of society's cognitive apparatus a generation ago. Our mutual Generation X age(s) allowed us the privilege of exchanging memories of a life experienced before our collective move online.
Emma's body of work disrupts the seamlessness of our image (digital) led culture and with inspiration born from autobiographical experiences, coupled with observing Milan Systems Approach - a therapy focusing on spaces rather than individuals, I'm looking forward to viewing how Emma has distilled real world anxieties and emotions into her refined ceramics.
Mamma Mia! is open from 12 July – 3 September 2017 and is entry is free.
You can read more about another Awards for Artists recipient - the artist Rachel Reupke - in another Journal entry titled The Twin Presence of Rachel Reupke