Max Mara Art Prize For Women Winner Announced
Photo: Thierry Bal

The Whitechapel Gallery has announced London-based artist Emma Hart as the recipient of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Hart was chosen by a panel of judges, including Iwona Blazwick OBE, director of the Whitechapel Gallery and Fiona Bradley, director of the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The artist was one of a shortlist that included Ruth Ewan, Ana Genovés, Tania Kovats and Phoebe Unwin. 

Hart works with ceramics, video, photography and sound, combining the mediums to intriguing effect: video screens are set against crude clay shapes or ceramics are scaled up in installations. Her work intends to demonstrate how real experiences and emotions can be muted when captured on camera.
Max Mara Art Prize For Women Winner Announced
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Courtesy of the artist
Her winning work focused on the power of family, and particularly the concept of family life in Italian culture. A fitting subject matter, as the artist’s prize will see her spend six months on a residency in Lombardy, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna. While there, she will work on producing material for a major solo exhibition, which will take place at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2017.