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Emily Wardill Night for Day Emily Wardill’s films, photographs, and objects probe the complexity of perception and communication, the question of how reality appears authentic to us, and the displacements of substance and form effected by the individual nature of the imagination. Her work has won acclaim for the sensual and psychologically fraught yet fractured narratives which she constructs.

In her exhibition Night for Day at the Secession, Emily Wardill debuts her most recent film project, an installation of film and sculptures that weave into one another, and the film I gave my love a cherry that had no stone (2016).

For Night for Day (2020), Wardill constructs a feigned mother-son relationship. Her source material is a series of extensive interviews with Isabel do Carmo, a revolutionary resistance fighter against the fascist regime in Portugal that fell in 1974, and two young men, Alexander Bridi and Djelal Osman, astrophysicists who run a startup in Lisbon that develops software enabling computers to recognize moving images. These different strands allow Wardill to, as she puts it, “think about what would happen if a communist revolutionary gave birth to a techno utopian, if gender as performativity was thought through the lens of women making the political decision to live clandestinely in Portugal for a large part of the 20th century and if the ‘Last Woman’ were the fembot from The Tales of Hoffman.”

Emily Wardill was born in the UK and lives and works in Lisbon.

Artist’s books are published in conjunction with each exhibition.

The exhibition program is conceived by the board of the Secession.