Ulrike Gerhardt is the artistic director of D’EST. As a cultural studies scholar and curator, she is currently researching cultural memory concerning post-socialist transformation within the framework of her PhD project Language, Body, Indices. Cultural Memory on the Transformation in Post-Socialist Video Art. For this, she is analyzing the ways in which video works by female artists and collectives deal with language, corporeality, and cultural indices. In 2017 she co-organized the public seminar Female Identities in the Post-Utopian. Perspectives on Post-Socialism from Art and Theory (with Prof. Lene Markusen) as well as the international conference (Hi)Stories in Art after the End of the Cold War (with Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke).