Artist and poet
Evgenia Emets started as a photographer on the cusp of the growing photography movement in 2000 in Moscow. Her work gradually unfolded from direct portraiture to complex abstract and geometric work. In 2007, Evgenia moved to London and graduated with her MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in 2008. She presented an immersive holographic and sound installation as her graduation work. In 2010 she founded Analema Group - arts collective whose ongoing project KIMA explores the art and science of visual sound. Site-specific interactive participatory performances and installations took place throughout 2013-2019 in the UK and Europe, with their work being commissioned by the Tate Exchange Tate Modern in 2019. Evgenia has been working on integrating poetry she has been writing since she was 14 into her art practice. She creates works on the intersection of sound and visual poetry through artist books, calligraphy, performance, and objects. She actively works with languages, drawing inspiration from possible hidden relationships and common roots between distant families. She often de-constructs language exploring its underlying meaning through the power of sound. Born in the USSR and coming from a multicultural background, Evgenia has changed homes and countries many times. Today she lives Portugal, learning a new language, working on new projects, embracing and negotiating cultural, historical, and environmental legacies of her new home country. Eternal Forest is an ongoing art project, which started in 2018, when Evgenia moved from UK to Portugal, marks a transition towards integration of ecological thinking into her art. The project has been exhibited across Portugal and in the UK (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, King’s College), has been invited to participate at the Bienal de Coruche in 2019. Evgenia’s visual works and artist’s books are in museums, libraries and private collections in Russia, UK, Europe and Japan. Selected exhibitions in the last 5 years Eternal Forest, Bienal de Coruche, Portugal, King’s College London, Portuguese Embassy UK, Evolving the Forest Symposium, UK; KIMA: Voice, RCA, Imperial College, Barbican, London, UK (2019) Eternal Forest, Casa do Artista de Gois, Biblioteca Nacional Portugal, Cinemateca Portuguesa, CineEco Seia; Kima: Voice, V&A Digital Futures, London (2018) A Slice of Time. By Other Means, London; The Wave, Chelsea College of Art, London (2017) Being Silence, Crypt Gallery, London, The Wave, L’abri Fondation, Geneva (2016) Eternal Forest. Artist book, Portugal (2018), Do we have a common language? Artist book, London (2016), both in the collection of the British Library. Evgenia’s artist’s books Eternal Forest. Portugal (2018), Do we have a common language? London (2016) are in the collection of the British Library.
Sound art, poetry, and calligraphic practice merge in my installation and performance work. I intend to capture spontaneous messages of time and timelessness in my poetry, reflected in vocal and visual form. This articulates an ongoing discourse between abstract and concrete languages of visual and sonic spaces. I often work with voice, always present and accessible to us, negotiating possibilities and limits of languages. Most poems serve as graphic scores for actual performances. Audience is central to many of my projects. I invite participants into an immersive and often ritualistic space, be it a participatory sound piece, a co-created artist’s book, or a large-scale installation. I am currently exploring the subject of time in the context of cultural perceptions and ecological thinking, through the prism of history, philosophy, and science. My ongoing projects ‘Eternal Forest’ and ‘Time Wave’ are a series of investigations and artistic resolutions placing cultural phenomena and spheres of human and non-human activity in the context of time.