Ola Lanko studied sociology at National University in Kiev, photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 2012 she graduated at the photography department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
For her graduation work Ola Lanko was awarded the Steenbergen Stipendium, an acknowledged annual prize for photography graduates. In 2013 she received New talent Photography award.
Since 2010 Lanko constantly participates in various exhibitions and works on her projects. Her work was shown in numerous art institutions such as FOAM, Nederlands Fotomuseum and Musée de l’Elysée. In 2015 she was an artist in residency at WILES Contemporary art canter in Brussels. Besides her artistic practice Ola teaches photography in Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and is a guest tutor at several academies in The Netherlands and Belgium.
About Operation Theatre of Common Inclinations
Lanko’s most recent series Operation Theatre of Common Inclinations explores the seven sins, or inclinations, which have to be conquered in order to establish a well-functioning society, where one can sacrifice his own needs for the good of others. The series consists of seven pieces. Each of them explores a single deadly sin and investigates the nature of this vice through visual metaphors and personal associations. Operation Theatre of Common Inclinations is a quest for primal desires and motivations. By exploring the features that have to be suppressed to build a healthy society, Lanko tries to get closer to understanding the notion of being a human. While technology provides possibilities for disembodiment, humans remain animals who have managed to create a new kind of social system. This requires them to overcome some of their natural, animal habits, inclinations, and tendencies, and to follow the rules that enable the system to make life better for everyone.
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