Ursula Biemann

Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is strongly research-oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil and water. She works the findings into multi-layered videos by connecting the micropolitics on the ground with a theoretical or planetary macro-level. Sahara Chronicle, her earlier writing and experimental video work, focused on borders and migration. The recent projects Egyptian Chemistry and Forest Law examine the ecologies among diverse actors – from tiny water pollutants to major desert developers, from copper deposits to International Law. Deep Weather and Subatlantic engage the larger temporalities of climate change. Biemann exhibits in museums and International Art Biennials worldwide and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. She has published several books and is part of the collective art and media project World of Matter. More on