Emanuela Cusin is a conceptual artist working with different mediums, methodologies and themes. Her practice is currently focused on the concept of uprootedness, materiality and meaning and themes of movement and inertia, vulnerability and resistance.
With her work she aims to create a safe space for confrontation and recovery, for herself, the audience and others involved.
For many years, her work has also been preoccupied with issues relating to power, inequality, class, and gender inside and outside the artworld. Taking inspiration from the everyday, current international affairs, trauma studies and her own struggle with mental health, she instinctively reacts and makes work that wonders how our society imprints on us beliefs and constrain our way of thinking. Through imagery and materials she investigates and challenges this, by exposing the audience to objects, mixed imagery and videos. This homogenous creation simultaneously poses questions surrounding the role and impact art might have in changing ways of understanding.
Her work has been selected for events/pop-up exhibitions and educations projects at the Sainsbury Arts Centre; Tate Modern; Wysing Arts Centre; British Art Show 8 and Firstsite. Since 2016 she has been collaborating with Dr Katharina Karcher on various projects in Cambridge and Birmingham that have been designed to initiate new networks between artists, researchers and citizens on themes of surveillance, solidarity and anti-authoritarian politics. This resulted in an exhibition at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge in 2017 and an open call for artists at the STEAMhouse, Birmingham 2020, with full curatorial support from Eastside Projects.
In 2020, she collaborated with local artists/activists for a project entitled Women Unity and Strength, enabling women (service users and staff) from Cambridgeshire Women’s Organisisations to make and exhibit work at the Museum of Cambridge and in 2021 she has been awarded DYCP funding from Arts Council England in order to explore photochemistry, materiality and meaning.
Emanuela is also part of SciArt, a growing grassroots community of artists and scientists based in Cambridge that aims to build accessible, friendly and open-minded platforms in order to foster and promote collaborations between artists and scientists.