Ulla von Brandenburg was born in Karlsruhe in 1974. Currently lives and works in Paris. Studied set design and media art from 1995 to 1998 at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe and fine arts under Stephan Dillemuth and Cosima von Bonin at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, from 1998 to 2004.

The oeuvre of Ulla von Brandenburg takes the observer on a journey to a strange, dreamlike world. She uses important motifs from theatre and shadow play. The repeatedly refers to the mirror on whose surface the intercourse between illusion and reality is played out. Her black and white one-shot films stand in stark contrast to the enormous, colourful cloth backgrounds and the extremely delicate drawings, which are almost blurred by her intense use of water on silk paper. Human beings and their gestures appear like simplified, cut-out figures in this cosmos and underline the importance of drawing for Ulla von Brandenburg, especially the contours and blank spaces. With them, she activates an unconscious pictorial memory in the observer, allowing him or her to participate in her analysis of the ascribed roles in society.

Marion Ackermann, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

c Ulla von Brandenburg und Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Photo: Peter Sander
Photo: Sebastian Kriete

Selected Exhibitions

2014
Ulla von Brandenburg, MAMCO, Geneva
Ulla von Brandenburg - Drinnen ist nicht Draußen, Kunstverein Hanover, Hanover

2013
Ulla von Brandenburg, Innen ist nicht Außen, Secession, Vienna
Ulla von Brandenburg. Das Versteck des W. L., Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

2010
Intensiv-Station. 26 Künstlerräume, K21 Kunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

2009
Ulla von Brandenburg, Chisenhale Gallery, London

2008
Passengers 1.8 Ulla von Brandenburg, CCA Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Ulla von Brandenburg. La Maison, Docking Station project Space, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

c Ulla von Brandenburg und Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Photo: Peter Sander
c Ulla von Brandenburg und Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Photo: Peter Sander