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Emma Wolf-Haugh, b.1974

Poverty of Vision2017

Poverty of Vision is a drag performance that knits together intersecting critiques of the 1980’s. Considering the 80’s as a regressive period when contemporary art discourse and institutional frameworks actively forgot the radical redefinitions, of what art could be and who it could be for, that had gone before in the 1970’s. The piece proposes that ‘looking into archives is all about looking at what isn’t there’.  

Integrating institutional critique with a queering of childhood, an overwriting of the archive with the work of Ana Mendieta’s aesthetics of disappearance, and a feminist reading of American minimalism, Poverty of Vision incorporates drag performance and the backing track as a means of overlaying pop culture with so called high culture in a questioning of what kind of traces culture leaves behind and how it is possible to intervene into and undermine the archives of power.  

Mediumperformance with video projection, video documentation, script, two risograph double-sided posters (unlimited edition, given to audience during performance)
Duration39min.30 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2017, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4204
Image Caption
Emma Wolf-Haugh, Poverty of Vision, 2017, performance with video projection, video documentation, script, two risograph double-sided posters (unlimited edition, given to audience during performance), Duration: 39min.30 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2017, 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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