Initially trained in urban geography, and then visual arts, Emanuel Licha is an artist and filmmaker. His work in installation, film, video installation and photography focuses on the role of spatial objects in the representation and the understanding of geopolitical events, leading to a reading of the features of the urban landscape as so many social, historical, and political signs. His recent projects investigate the means by which traumatic and violent events are being looked at.
Recent solo shows include: Striking a Pose, Musée régional de rimouski; why Photogenic?, SBC Gallery, Montreal; War Tourist, LOOP 09, Barcelona; R for Real, galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux; Une autre fête au même instant brille dans Paris, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes & Bruce, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, México; Nothing Less, Nothing More, Just Transformed, Careof, Milan; In & Out, Galerie B-312, Montreal and YYZ, Toronto; Honeymoon in Kosovo, Institute for Contemporary Art, Pristina.
His work has also been exhibited at: NGBK, Berlin; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Parsons The New School for Design, New York; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; MACBA, Barcelona; Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon; HartWare MedienKunstverein, Dortmund; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; Tirana Biennial; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Sarajevo Centre for Contemporary Art; Stiftung Binz39, Zürich; Montreal Biennial; Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
His work is part of various private and public collections, including: MACBA (Museu d’art contemporani de Barcelona); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Fnac (Fonds national d’art contemporain), Paris; Frac Franche-Comté; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.
Emanuel Licha holds a PHD in visual cultures from the Centre for Research Architecture, goldsmiths, University of london. He taught at the École nationale supÉrieure d'architecture de Paris la-villette and at Université du Québec à Montréal. He is actually assistant professor in the department of art history and film studies at Université de Montréal.