Exhibition by the German Artist Ulla von Brandenburg at ACCA

Ulla von Brandenburg has been called one of Germany’s most exciting visual artists and she draws on a series of unique tropes to construct her distinct visual language as she melds film, architecture and installation together into theatrical presentations.

Characterised by their use of textiles including curtains, costumes, props and staged settings, her works draw on a range of historical references, including the tableau vivant, modern theatre, folk traditions and iconic architecture. Combined with song and movement, these elements suggest a symbolic staging of ritualised encounters that are central to her oeuvre.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is currently presenting the first solo exhibition of the artist in Australia. In addition to a fantastic selection of her films the exhibition includes numerous installations of objects, shadow plays and also costumes.

Ulla von Brandenburg was born in Karlsruhe (Germany) and now lives and works in Paris. Many prestigious institutions have already presented her work, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

What is special about the works of Ulla von Brandenburg is the way she explores relationships between people. Moreover, she is able to create stories which deal with the thresholds between reality and artifice. She often uses historical source material and transforms it into the present. In this way she tacitly reveals the rules that govern our social reality. Her innovative mixture of film, drawing, installation and performance will allow the audience to see the interaction of language, exchange and colour.

ACCA presents the art of Ulla von Brandenburg within the scenery of a baroque opera set and also published a book which documents the whole exhibition.

Image and video credit: ACCA. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from the Goethe Institut (Aust) and ACCA.


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