Ulrike Ettinger – Short
Ulrike Ettinger‘s artistic practice is shaped by her interest in socio-cultural and political topics, mainly developments and changes in Romanian society before and after 1989. Her investigations, which include narrative interviews and archival research, form the base for video animations, drawings, photography, objects, and publications.
Born in 1967 in Romania, she has lived in Germany since 1988 and in Berlin since 2000. In 1997 she graduated from the fine arts department at the Muthesius-Hochschule in Kiel. Subsequently she has followed exhibitions, stays abroad, teaching activities and curatorial projects, including the exhibition and publication project “Social Cooking Romania” at the NGBK Berlin, 2007/08, realized together with a team. Since 2009 she is studying for a PhD at the Bauhaus University Weimar on the subject “Governmental policies related to folk art in socialist Romania with a focus on the usage of traditional vestimentary practices and artifacts in socialist economy and official cultural programs.”
In the exhibition “How to Show?” she shows video animations and clothing artefacts. The video essays and clothing artefacts are based largely on the material of her PhD thesis: Interviews and publications on the subject of folk costumes in Romania, their usage during Socialism, and her question of how the same ingredients perform in a different, aesthetic context; does it impact their ability to convey history?