Emilie Flower is a co-investigator on the Art Rights Truth project at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, and a freelance filmmaker based at Pica artist led studios in York. She is currently researching contemporary arts-based contributions to human rights truth claims and the art of political hope. Since 2016 she has been a resident artist and coordinator in the AHRC-funded research network exploring art, archives and the political imagination between Uganda, Bangladesh and the UK. She worked on the Arctivist and Creative Activism projects; and carried out research for the ESRC funded project partnering with ActionAid to look at strategies of resistance and resilience to expand civic space.
As a filmmaker, Emilie works in film design for theatre, arts and rights based projects. She recently completed a four year period as resident film maker in ‘Daughters of Fortune’ at Mind the Gap theatre. She has worked internationally as a participatory video facilitator since 2000, and was a founding member and associate at InsightShare. During this period she led field based qualitative research, ethnographic research, community journalism, knowledge archiving and participatory evaluations projects for non and government organisations, including DFID, UNDP, UNICEF, IIED, and the European Union. Her most recent project was the establishment of a participatory video Indiginous Climate Change Observation Network (ICCON) with the Saskatchewan Cree, the Kainai Nation and the Parks and Environment Department in Alberta, Canada.
Emilie's current research interests are visual art, activism, civic space and the archive.