Ursula Biemann, born in Switzerland in 1955, is an artist, writer, and video essayist. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (1986) and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (1988) in New York, where she lived throughout the 1980s. She is a senior researcher at Zurich University of the Arts. Biemann was appointed Doctor honoris causa in humanities by Umea University in Sweden (2008) and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. She is on the board of the academic journal Geo-Humanities and a member of the Zurich art commission. Biemann has had solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k. (2013), Bildmuseet Umea (2007), Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2009), Helmhaus, Zurich (2009), and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria (2014), and has been featured in the FID Marseille and TEK Rome film festivals. Biemann’s work has been featured in major exhibitions at the Arnolfini Bristol, England; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland; LACE, Los Angeles; KIASMA, Helsinki; the San Francisco Art Institute; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; the biennials in Gwangju, Shanghai, Liverpool, Bamako, Istanbul, Montreal, Thessaloniki, and Seville; Kunstmuseum Graz, Austria; and the Flaherty Film Seminars, New York.
Ursula Biemann lives and works in Zurich.