Amalia Ulman


Ulman’s works are primarily voiced in the first person. Nomadism and outsider cultural inquisitiveness inform her practice. In a multidisciplinary manner, she charts a soft-toned exploration of the relationship between consumerism and identity, class imitation, social deception and altruism. She uses the aesthetic languages of the middle (middle-brow and middle-class), as a mechanism to explore the intersection of class and aesthetics at its most salient point: taste. Working with an aesthetic palette which is intuitively regarded as “cute” or “pretty”, with both a negative and positive connotation, Ulman’s work elicits a conflicted sense of pleasure and unease. Such ideas are expanded in her work, whose light touch asks how aesthetic consumption ascribes one to a particular class and how criticality itself is a space of privilege.

Recent shows and projects include Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London; Stock Images of War, James Fuentes @ Four Six One Nine, Los Angeles, US; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, US; James Fuentes, New York, US; International House of Cozy, MAMA, Rotterdam, NL; Babyfootprints Crowsfeet, Ellis King, Dublin; The Destruction Of Experience, Evelyn Yard, London and Excellences & Perfections, a performance in social media that has been archived by Rhizome and will become a video for MOCAtv. Ulman designed the application Ethira with the support of Arcadia_Missa and The Moving Museum. She has written numerous essays and participated in talks at Art Basel Miami Beach; The Swiss Institute, New York and ICA, London.