OLGA ULMANN
 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

As a practice-oriented artistic researcher, I am absorbing the surrounding world in an attempt to translate my findings into drawings, sculptures, installations and moving images. Those findings equally originate in visual cultures of high art and pop-culture. 

My own body is the starting point of my artistic approach; opposite to the performative notion of subjectivity in which one announces what they want to be, my artistic practice derivates from biographic roots; the depiction of fabric in form of drapery in an art historical framing of femininity and my early years upbringing in the former USSR as historical bounded forms of identity forming, express gender and nationhood as forms of inequality in the contemporary that through decontextualization, critical analysis of the meaning-making-mechanism and extensive visual literacy can be brought to surface. 

I use mainly man-made, synthetic materials that experienced industrial transformation and fabrication. The chosen process of sewing as a form of self- expression but also artistic labor states belongingness and above all compassion and empathy for certain social groups that are often undervalued.



ARTIST CURRICULUM VITAE:

*born in Alma-Ata (former Soviet Union) | 1992 immigration to Germany

lives and works in Frankfurt and London 


2020 - 2018  |  Master of Fine Art (MFA) Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2018  |  Fine Art at Kunsthochschule Kassel, GER

2018 - 2013  |  years of travel 

2013 - 2012  |  assistant art teacher at German European School, Singapore

2011 - 2004  |  Double degree at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

1st degree with distinction: Master in Art History, Art Education and American Cultural Studies

2nd degree with distinction: 1st State Examination Teaching Profession for teaching Art and English at grammar school 

Thesis: Repetition and Differentiation: Repeating as Foundation of Artistic Research       


exhibitions (selection):

2020  |   London Grads Now; Flatten the Dream, Saatchi Gallery, London

2020  |  Tomorrow:London, White Cube Gallery, London

2019  |  Interim+ Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Interim Show, Deptford Studios, London

2019  |  90th exhibition of the Association of Franconian Artists, Kulmbach

2019  |  All Files Read: MA Digital Media Degree Show 2019 (cooperation with Ester Anton) Goldsmiths, University of London 

2019  |  mismatch, "Greenhouse", Goldsmiths, London        

2018  |  Autonomie, annual exhibition, Kunsthochschule, Kassel                  

2017  |  Komponierte Körper - solo exhibition at the Historische Schreiberpforte, Darmstadt

2013 - 2012  |  part of the permanent exhibition at Museum for Russian- German Cultural History, Detmold 

2011  |  Form und Uniform  - solo exhibition at REINWEISS 9010, Frankfurt    

2008  |  group exhibition at ministry for science and art, Wiesbaden 


awards/ appearances:

2019  |  Nomination for BLOOOM Award 2019

2020  |  Interview/ Podcast New York Magazine “The Brooklyn Rail; Critical Perspective on Arts, Politics, and Cultures: New Social Environment Conversations#113”: A conversation with MFA students participating in Tomorrow: London exhibition at White Cube and Toby Kamps