Ulrike Möntmann is an artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Vienna. In her work she focuses on social processes in exceptional situations — the starting point of her artistic practice and research. Since 1997 she has developed and carried out collaborative projects with detained drug-addicted women (e.g., Lücke, 1997–1999; Kollektion Gefängnis Kleidung, 1999–2001), which have become the basis for her Outcast Registration: a gender-specific observation of extreme aspects of European societies. Since 2004 she has been engaged on the long-term project THIS BABY DOLL WILL BE A JUNKIE (TBDWBAJ), an audiovisual portrait of women drug addicts in European prisons (D, NL, CH, A, HR), which consists of organizations, registrations, diagrams and statistics, words and languages, several series of “talking” porcelain Baby Dolls, interventions in public spaces, analyses, propositions, and expositions (e.g., Kunsthalle Wien). TBDWBAJ has been funded by the Austrian Science Fund’s program for artistic research (PEEK) since 2013.
Besides lecturing at several art academies in the Netherlands Ulrike Möntmann is a regular guest lecturer in Vienna, Zurich, Siegen, and other places. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, supervised by Peter Weibel (art and media theory) and Ruth Sonderegger (philosophy, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna). Ulrike Möntmann studied sculpture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and visual communication at the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.