Resident: Emma Shapiro

Emma Shapiro, cut out, 2021 for Agora Digital Art Residency
Emma Shapiro, Cut Outs, Projection Interaction  (2021) © Courtesy of the artist.

Project concept: Cuerpas

During my time as an artist in the Residency Lab with Agora Digital Art, I plan to continue my project entitled “Cuerpas”. “Cuerpas” is an investigation including collage, layered video, layered projection, and performance elements. I expect to explore new ideas and take advantage of the support from Agora and their community to bring my work to new levels and audiences.

Emma Shapiro, Cut Outs, Projection Interaction  (2021) © Courtesy of the artist.
Emma Shapiro, Teamwork, A Solitary Performance (2021) © Courtesy of the artist.

Words from the Digital Curator

YoungMi Lamine

About the artist

Emma Shapiro, March Residency Lab, Digital Artist for Agora Digital Art BW
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Emma Shapiro (b. 1988) is an American artist and feminist activist based in Valencia, Spain.

She holds a degree in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design (’10) and has received multiple fellowships, awards, and residency opportunities to pursue her artistic and activist work. Upon completion of her degree, Emma pursued a professional career as an artists’ model in NYC for 5 years, an experience that deeply impacted her art practice and understanding of the body.

Through her use of layered video projection, self-portraiture, and repeated encounters with her own image, she deconstructs and questions the meaning of our bodies, how we know them, and what they could be. Her recent move from her native US to Europe has triggered a body of work concerning the memory of the self, and how we anchor our notion of the “self” in memories. Recently, Shapiro completed an Artist-In-Residence with The Liminal gallery in Valencia, Spain, during which time she explored this concept in the video-projection, book-making and photography.

Artist’s Statement

My work is exploring identity, memory, ancestry and ephemerality by using my body as a primary tool. I seek to represent the human and female form as a timeless event, ephemeral yet fixed through genealogical and physical memory.

I see my body as a vessel for ancestral history – a link to family lost to anti-semitism and the Irish Famine – and thus a primal act of resistance against injustice, and a representation of hope.

My background as a professional art model allowed me to experience my own form as not only a subject but also a concept. Through my use of layered video projection, self-portraiture, and repeated encounters with my own image, I deconstruct and question the meaning of our bodies, how we know them, and what they could be.

Agora Talk

21.03.31 Emma Shapiro, Artist in Residency Lab for Agora Digital Art

coming on 31 March at 13:30 EST | 18:30 GMT | 19:30 CET

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