Location: The United Kingdom & The Netherlands
Website: www.emilywhitebread.co.uk

Working across diverse media ranging from performance and video work to written publications, Whitebread investigates, breaks down and reimagines utopian futures as proposed by architects, social policy makers, technologists and scientists. Her starting point is how visionary ideas are formalised and presented in dogmatic forms in publications that canonise particular historic moments. Through deep research into these texts, Whitebread renegotiates these reductive archives to re-imagine the potentialities contained within the original ideas.

Whitebread's video work 'Cosmic Tissue' (2014), evolved from an interest in paper architecture inspired by studying Georgii Krutikov’s Flying City project. Her research led her to the conclusion that to make visible the intangible she could collaborate with trapeze artists. In Whitebread’s video piece the trapeze artists perform simple balancing tricks as they defy gravity to reveal the potentiality that resides in unsuspected places.

'Coming Home' (2016) acts as a post-mortem confessional from an avatar of John Betjeman. The piece explores the historical and cultural impact on our 21st Century imagining of nationhood as shaped by Betjeman's Shell Guides to English Counties. Whitebread uses humour as a tool to permeate the underlying sharp political agenda.

Whitebread’s process is complex and cyclical. She uses writing as a foundation, and as an artistic tool with which to develop strategies for her projects. Her work in archives and research becomes inter-related; ideas depart and return in a loop, at each stage they are generative and interdependent. Mixing reality with fictional literature she examines the complex and unexpected realities that arise.

Whitebread enjoys collaborating with diverse groups from acrobats to physicists. These arrangements broaden her scope and propel unexpected narratives. The resulting work is a often a playful proposition or perspective on the world drawn from diverse sources and viewpoints. There is a sense of absurdity and a wry humour at work and often an underlying sharp political agenda.


** Residencies **

2015 - 2016 The Florence Trust (UK)

2013 CeHaVe, Commissioned by Stimuleringsfonds, Kunstgroep de Compagnie and Provincie Noord-Brabant (NL)

2012 Duende Studios, Artist selected by the Rotterdam Artists in Residence (NL)

2012 Harlow Town, Artist selected by Essex County Council (UK)

** Group Exhibitions **

2016 Group Exhibition, Wilkes St. Weaver (UK)

2016 Winter Open, Florence Trust (UK)

2015 Threads on tour, Threads (UK)

2015 unFOLD, Enclave (UK)

2015 Open Studios, Bow Arts Trust (UK)

2015 Artefact Expo: You Must Change Your Life, STUK (BE)

2014 Graduation Festival, KABK (NL)

2014 Nieuwe Koek, CeHaVe (NL)

2014 The Royal Institute for Hydra Studies, GEMAK (NL)

2012 Sphæræ, Kunstvlaai Inexacltly This (NL)

2012 Between The Map And The Territory, TENT (NL)

2012 Harlow Happenings, The Gibbered Gallery (UK)

2012 Here The Ground Wavers Not, Duende (NL)

2011 TestSPACE BONANZA, South London Gallery (UK)

2011 We Can Elude Control: Curated by Paul Purgas, Bold Tendencies (UK)

2011 MFA Art Writing Postgraduate Degree Show, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)

2011 X Presents... Made In Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths Gallery (UK)

2011 X Presents... To Culture With Love, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (DE)

2011 Out in the South, Internships, Art and Insurrection, Radio Broadcast,

Resonance104.4fm (WEB)

2010 Circuit Wisely II, Group Exhibition, Ability Plaza (UK)

2010 Peradventure, 21st Century Event, Chisenhale Gallery (UK)

2010 Trondheim Bi-Annual: Manufacturing Today, Trondheim (NO)

2009 BA Fine Art & History of Art Degree Show, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)

2008 Circuit Wisely I, Shoreditch Town Hall

2008 Curiosophy… the study of things curious, Group Exhibition, Red Gate Gallery (UK)

** Open Submissions **

2015 Associate Members’ Open, LIMBO, Selected by Adam Chodzko (UK)

2014 Satellite Programme, The Whitstable Biennale, Selected by Catherine Herbert (UK)

2013 Fringe Arts Bath: Living Numbers, Selected by Peta Lloyd (UK)

2012 For the Love of Books, Huyton Gallery, Selected by Tina Ball (UK)

2011 TestSPACE, Literary Kitchen, Selected by Andrea Mason (UK)