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Benedicte Emsens

MA work

'Joy is to be left, in the night, hungry and cold at the doorstep of your own house…'
Christian Bobin, Le Tres-Bas (Paris, 1993)

What is place?

I am interested in houses, buildings and rooms - like skins that can be turned inside out. My work is concerned with the construction and destruction of living spaces, questioning the tension between space and place. Utilising a mix of built and rebuilt models, collages and real spaces, I investigate the boundaries between inside and outside, staging situations where a space is on the edge of becoming a 'non-place'.

As we are never sure where we are…

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Printmaking, 2008

  • 'Joy is to be left, in the night, hungry and cold at the doorstep of your own house…'
    Christian Bobin, Le Tres-Bas (Paris, 1993)

    What is place?

    I am interested in houses, buildings and rooms - like skins that can be turned inside out. My work is concerned with the construction and destruction of living spaces, questioning the tension between space and place. Utilising a mix of built and rebuilt models, collages and real spaces, I investigate the boundaries between inside and outside, staging situations where a space is on the edge of becoming a 'non-place'.

    As we are never sure where we are…

  • Degrees

  • BA-MA Psychology, Louvain, Belgium, 1979; MA Anthropology, Jussieu, Paris, France, 1980
  • Experience

  • Freelance Photographer, London, 2001-8; Filmmaker, Prima Vista, Paradise Film, Brussels, 1991-98; Journalist, Le Soir, Première, Brussels, 1986-93; Psychologist, Enaden, Brussels, 1981-86
  • Exhibitions

  • L'accueil, Gallery Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, 2007; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2007; Any Body Home, XXth Century Theatre, London, 2005
  • Awards

  • Jury Award, Photography, L'accueil, 2007; Discovery Award, Film, SCAM Best Documentary, 1999; Grand Prix, Film, Festival of Virton, 1994