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Emily Mulenga (Digital Art, 2023)Emily Mulenga. Still from 'Birthday Cake'. Commissioned by Wells Projects and funded by Arts Council England. 2021

Emily Mulenga

Fellow in 2023 for Digital Art

It’s been great to receive recognition of my career in art so far, and for the body of work I’ve created to be celebrated. There have been a few shaky moments over time where I thought about giving up on art and doing something else entirely, but milestones like this remind me to press on with doing what I love and that my work is not going unnoticed. 

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Emily Mulenga is a multimedia artist whose practice spans video, digital collage, sculpture and live coded music. Using visuals and sound that draw upon video games, cartoons and the internet, her practice explores themes of capitalism, feminism, technology, millennial nostalgia, love and existential anxieties. Emily’s output reflects a ravenous consumption of digital media, where gloss and escapism meet humour and unease, spanning past, present and future. 

Emily has exhibited internationally and led projects at Tate Britain, Firstsite and Camden Art Centre. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, funded by the Frank Bowling Scholarship.

Emily’s latest work, Fantasy Star Online, can be seen at the Billboard Space at Southbank Centre until 31 January 2023. The outdoor display is a continuation of Emily’s banners exhibited at Southbank over the summer of 2022. The still images seen on the two billboards are taken from Emily’s video work, in which the viewer is taken on a dreamlike journey as a digital avatar revels in a series of fantastical scenarios.