Amalia Ulman is a multidisciplinary artist born in Buenos Aires in 1989. She currently works and resides in Los Angeles and Gijón. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in London.
From early web pieces to new creations that take one a sculptural form and include installations, photography and performances, Ullman applies different techniques depending on the type of work, exhibit or group of works. Her aim is to create a conversation between concept and medium, and to shed light on social differences and how they affect interpersonal interactions, emotions and human relations. She does this by working on social stratification, cultural capital, class imitation and seduction, scrutinizing hierarchical structures, power relations, charity and empathy.
In parallel to her artistic career, she has developed an interest for curatorial activities, the writing of essays and literature. She is the founder and director of the MAWU-LISA project and a cofounder of the Immune Stability project, combining fashion, art and technology. Her essays include F/F (Friends & Favourites), published in specialized online and paper magazines.
AGENDA is Amalia Ulman’s latest performative conference. It is comprised of a PowerPoint presentation, and a live performance with sound effects. It exposes the final narrative of the online performance Privilege and her exhibitions Labour Dance (Arcadia_Missa, London), Reputation (New Galerie, Paris) and Dignity (James Fuentes, New York).
In AGENDA, Ulman uses poetic language to narrate self experimentation with female hormones and the adverse effects of excess estrogen in a body trapped within the four walls of her DTLA office: a space dominated by verticality and acceleration. This dreamlike storyline develops into a series of cons and scams, economies of appearances and the ode to Bob The Pigeon, a working-class hero. The story finishes with pessimistic spiritual notes that the author recognizes as selfish, and nihilist; for escapism and the ability to complain entail a certain privilege—a position not accessible to all.