Olia Lialina, ‘My Boyfriend Came Back from the War’, 1996, Whitechapel Gallery

"Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966)"

Venue: Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016)

About Olia Lialina

A pioneer of net art, artist and film and new media critic Olia Lialina is well known for her famous browser-art piece, My Boyfriend Came Back From The War (1996). The work comprises multiple black-and-white hyperlinked frames of images and text through which viewers can navigate different narrative pathways. “If something is in the net,” Lialina has said, “it should speak in net language.” The piece has inspired numerous tribute artworks and remixes, including one from the notorious duo JODI. Lialina is also known for using herself as a model in experimentations with animated GIFs, and is credited with founding one of the earliest web galleries, Art Teleportacia, which she uses to exhibit her own work.

Russian, b. 1971, Moscow, Russia