Interpreting movement through film, drawing and sculpture, Emanuele’s practice-based research explores the role of the body and movement in regard to the activation of spaces. Through an exploration of the body’s relationship to the line, the research applies the lens of dance or choreography to practices such as drawing, sculpture and bookwork to test out the body’s capacity to continue beyond its physical boundaries into the actual space, which implicates both a spatial context and a social context. Investigating the reasons that led to dance becoming a crucial referent for visual and performance-based art in the last decade, the research questions how the agencies of dance and choreography have moved from the performative into the visual, subsequently considering, how these may help opening up new curatorial strategies for the fruition of visual arts.
Rossella Emanuele is an artist, a lecturer and a researcher, currently engaged in a practice-based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts and lecturing at UAL and at Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. Her multi-faceted art practice has emerged from an early interest in the performing arts, the work has evolved from a sculptural and drawing practice to include collaborative and participatory approaches.
Emanuele has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Asia and USA and has received a number of awards and artists’ residencies. Her most recent projects include: A History of Drawing at Camberwell Space, Draw to perform 4, Brighton (UK); Formations, Peckham Festival, Museum of invisible Art, Yale University Radio (USA); Drawn/Drawing Conversations, School of Art and Design, Coventry University; WhiteNoise collaborative residency and exhibition at the Centre for Recent Drawing 2015 with publication and critical text by Marmalade visual theory funded by ACE/UCA; residency at Yarat Contemporary Art, Baku Azerbaijan; On drawing symposium & exhibition at Carnegie Mellon University; Pennsylvania USA; residency at the University of Turin; art award from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence Italy.