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Emma Wolf-Haugh, b.1974

Domestic Optimism – Act One: A Lesbian Love Story,2020

Domestic Optimism is a video about mangled and mistold modernist legacies. The project begins with furniture, inanimate objects that come loaded with social connections and invisible histories. Through the displacement of cultural detritus Emma Wolf-Haugh retells modernist architectural history in the collective key of queer-feminist and decolonial practices, continually unearthing filth in times of hygiene, and complicating things that were never simple to begin with. 

Mediumsingle channel video and script zine (unlimited edition, for audience to take away) with customised concrete display holders
Duration37min.17 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4205
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Emma Wolf-Haugh, Domestic Optimism – Act One: A Lesbian Love Story,, 2020, single channel video and script zine (unlimited edition, for audience to take away) with customised concrete display holders, Duration: 37min.17 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Emma Wolf Haugh b.1974

Emma Wolf-Haugh is a visual artist and educator. Weaving together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques, she is interested in reorienting attention towards cultural narratives by developing work from a questioning of ‘what is missing’. Her work is informed by how spaces, identities and social relations are generated temporarily in theatre, drag performance and queer DIY club scenes, via aesthetic and somatic practices. Since 2015 Haugh is part of the artist/curatorial collective The Many Headed Hydra together with the curator Suza Husse. Haugh has worked with: The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2017); The Universität der Künste Berlin (2017); IADT Dún Laoghaire (2017); NCAD, Dublin (2015); Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2018); Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018) and Gasworks, London (2017). Selected projects include: Domestic Optimism, Graz Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2020), Colomboscope Interdisciplinary Arts Festival, Sri Lanka (2019); Sex in Public, nGbK, Berlin (2018); Miraculous Thirst how to get off in days of deprivation, Galway Arts Centre (2018); Poverty of Vision, ROSC 50 Artist Research Commission, IMMA (2017) and Having A KiKi, Queer Desire & Public Space, editor, published by PVA (2016).
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