From the Catalogue:
The work of German artist Ulla von Brandenburg (born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, lives and works in Hamburg and Paris) is based on historical elements of all kinds of origin and significance, which the artist finds in literature, the visual arts, theatre, Hollywood films, photography as well as in glossy magazines, daily newspapers and at flea markets. Her works, which include films, drawings, paper silhouettes, watercolours, magazines, wall drawings and performances, always circle around the “rules” of social reality. She frequently goes back to materials which make the late 19th century and the transition to so-called Modernity tangible, whose “cultivated” appearances and image ideas she uses as a formal filter, and not one shaped by a subjective artistic style, in discussing contemporary collective experiences.
Ulla von Brandenburg: ‘Mich interessiert schon alles Vergängliche besonders. Meine Wandbilder sind zum Beispiel immer nur für die Dauer der Ausstellung gedacht. Danach werden sie übermalt. Auch bei meinen Aquarellzeichnungen schütte ich so viel Wasser darüber, dass die Zeichnung fast am Verschwinden ist. Man braucht keine Kunst für immer. Ich finde es gut, wenn Kunst auch vergeht.‘
Image rights: Donated by Ulla von Brandenburg and Produzentengalerie Hamburg Photo: Roman März
About Ulla von Brandenburg
Working in film, photography, installation, and performance, Ulla von Brandenburg appropriates archaic artmaking traditions to investigate the unspoken rules of contemporary society. Von Brandenburg’s complex, eclectic practice also reveals her formal training in set design and her interest in the history of film, photography, theater, and psychology. A favored medium of von Brandenburg is the tableau vivant, or “living picture,” a popular 18th-century combination of art and theater wherein live models are arranged in painterly scenes; she employed this concept for Kugel (2007), filming the reflection of the figures in a curved mirrored ball, even including her own reflection in the composition. For “Wagon Wheel,” a 2009 exhibition, von Brandenburg installed a labyrinth of hanging quilts that referenced the African American patchwork quilts used as symbolic guides on the Underground Railroad.
German, b. 1974, Karlsruhe, Germany, based in Hamburg and Paris