Emma Bolland United Kingdom
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I am an artist, writer, researcher and educator, based in the North of England. I work across media, including writing-as-praxis, moving image and live film narration, performance, voice, installation, and drawing.

My current practice foregrounds auto-fiction, materially expressed through writing-as-praxis, moving image and live film narration, performance, voice, installation, film and stage props, drawing, and reading as praxis. The themes of my practice focus on auto-fiction, memory, and the language of trauma. I have performed, published and exhibited nationally and internationally. I have work in collections at the V&A Museum Art Library (London), The Saison Poetry Library Collection at the Royal Festival Hall (London), the Tate Britain Library and Archive (London), and the Centre de Livres d’Artistes (Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, France). I am a co-editor at Gordian Projects, a small press operating at the intersection of artist’s book, art writing, and archive. My Ph.D. research, Truth is Structured Like a Fiction: Auto-fictive Practice and the Expanded Screenplay, interrogates the processes of screenwriting and screenplay structure in relation to psychoanalysis, trauma, and language and communication theory, through a re-imagining and rewriting of Louis Delluc’s lost film Le Silence (France, 1921).


Video Still from 'The Iris Opens/The Iris Opens: Le Silence', digital video, 2017 ongoing


Previous projects



24/03/2016 to 21/04/2016

Solo exhibition (image shown is of a projection in the project space, part of a larger installation).

Wild Pansy Project Space, University of Leeds, Leeds Details
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