Ulrike Gerhardt is the artistic (co-)director of D’EST since its founding in 2016, nowadays leading the platform together with Suza Husse. As a cultural studies scholar and curator, she has been researching cultural memory concerning the reverberations of the post-socialist transformation. For her PhD, she analyzed the ways in which video works by female artists and collectives of the “generation transformation” deal with the experiences of Perestroika, migration, globalization, ecosystems of damage and indexical landscapes after 1989 / 1991. Currently she works as a postdoctoral researcher for the SNSF-project Artistic Strategies to Re-View History since the 1990s (short title: Images of History in Contemporary Art), an art historical research project exploring counter-historical imaginaries since the end of the Cold War.
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