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Emma Wolf-Haugh is a visual artist, educator and writer based Berlin and Dublin and working internationally. Emma’s work is shaped by economic necessity, engaging forms of recycling, thrift and ephemera that result in soft modularity, wild archiving, and performative intervention, posing questions about value, accumulation, and authorship. They see a cultural centring of thrift as part of a tradition of queer-working class vernacular and ethics, promiscuous and adept at working within limitations. Their pedagogical and publishing work posits the imagination as a political tool with radical potential that can exist and erupt anywhere and at anytime. Emma’s work is often collaborative generating forms of temporary collectivity, intent on the erotic and energetic capacity of brief encounter. Emma’s work occupies many different sites, spaces and relations including exhibition, performance, filmmaking, publishing, writing, disruptive pedagogy, friendship and solidarity, elements that often get messy together in long term projects.

Emma has developed a trilogy of works since 2014 dealing with queer economies and spatial politics. The Re-appropriation of Sensuality, Sex in Public, and Domestic Optimism have been exhibited through various iterations at: The Project Arts Centre Dublin, The Grazer Kunstverein, Steirischer Herbst Festival Graz, NCAD Gallery Dublin, Dundee Contemporary Arts, District Berlin, Den Frie Center Of Contemporary Art Copenhagen, nGbK Berlin, Archive Kabinet Berlin and Survival Kit Festival Riga among other places.

Emma is co-founder of The Many Headed-Hydra (TMHH), aqueous-decolonising collective since 2015 working on long term critical and poly-vocal projects across the seas that connect Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania and beyond.

Emma is founder of The Reading Troupe - Disruptive Pedagogy, workshop and zine series since 2013. Disruptive pedagogical engagements include: National College for Art and Design Dublin (2020), Colomboscope Festival Sri Lanka (2019), CCA Glasgow (2019), Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2018), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), Gasworks, London (2017), Klöntal Triennale (2017), The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2017), The Universität der Künste Berlin (2017).

Emma is currently working towards a monograph of experimental artist writing with Scriptings Berlin and Archive Books Berlin/Milan 2021.
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