Ulrike Ottinger (b. 1942, Konstanz, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Ottinger’s work explores the world through images notable for their curiosity about different human cultures and for their visual power and intensity. Having made Pop art paintings and objects while living in Paris from 1962-68, Ottinger returned to her native Germany and in the early 1970s began an astonishing sequence of films which continues to this day, alongside a significant practice in photograph that has often been in close dialogue with her moving image works. Her work often mixes ethnographic documentary with fiction and fantasy, creating unforgettable juxtapositions and encounters. Amongst Ottinger’s most notable early feature-length films are Madame X—An Absolute Ruler (1977) and the “Berlin trilogy” of Ticket Of No Return (1979), Freak Orlando (1981) and Dorian Gray In The Mirror Of The Yellow Press (1984).
A series of quasi-ethnographic documentaries followed, including China. The Arts – The People (1985), Johanna D’arc Of Mongolia (1989), the eight-hour Taiga (1992). Subsequent projects include films applying an ethnographic lens to Ottinger’s own culture, such as Countdown (1990), and Prater (2007), and further epic travelogues, including in 2016 Chamisso’s Shadow, a four-part, eleven and a half hour film shot in the Bering Sea, which was awarded “Best Documentary 2016” by the German Film Critics Association.
Solo shows include: Ulrike Ottinger: Chamissos Schatten, Galerie Johanna Breede Photokunst, Berlin (2015); Ulrike Ottinger: Floating Food Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2011) Hannah-Höch-Price: Ulrike Ottinger. n.b.k., Berlin, Germany (2011), Bild Archive Witte-de-With Museum, Rotterdam (2004).
Group exhibitions include: Still (the) Barbarians EVA International, Limerick, Ireland (2016); The World Goes Pop. Tate Modern, London (2015) Burning Down the House, the 10th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2014); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002).
Still Moving: the Films and Photographs of Ulrike Ottinger
The Hunterian presents a solo exhibition of moving image works and photographs by the internationally renowned filmmaker and artist Ulrike Ottinger, accompanied by a retrospective screening of her key films.
Among Ottinger’s major works are the ‘Berlin Trilogy’ (1979-1984), the feature film Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989) – an incredible journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway that takes a motley company of western women to the wilds of Inner Mongolia – and, applying an ethnographic lens to marginal European cultures, Twelve Chairs (2004) and Southeast Passage (2002).
Supported by Glasgow International and the Goethe Institut.
Fri 20 April – Sun 29 July
Mon – Sat, 10am-5pm