Born in 1976 in Glasgow, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa lives and works in London. In 2008, she graduated with a master's degree from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, London, UK. She also holds a BA (Hons) English degree from Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK.
Her artworks are realized in a variety of forms and media, which include installation, sound, video, performance, printmaking and drawing. In recent work she has explored the ways that beliefs, world views and value-systems are constructed and reproduced. The roles that memory, the historical record and spatial practice play in these processes have been of particular interest.
She has received the Red Mansion Art Prize (2007) and Arts Council London Two-Year Emerging Artists Award (2004).
In 2007, she was artist in residence at Performance Space, Sydney, Australia. In the same year she was also artist in residence at the Beijing International Artists Platform, Platform China, Beijing, China.
She had a solo exhibition A Brush For Robben Island, Butcher's Projects at Rokeby Gallery in London (2008). Her group exhibitions include 'Where Is Now?', Württembergischer Kunsteverein, Stuttgart, Germany,(2009); Kinomuseum: Seven Guided Tours, 53rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, (2007); Bang Hwang Ha Num Byul (Wandering Star): British-Korean Landscape, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korean, (2006), and For One Night Only, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, (2006).