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 WIELS Contemporary art center 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.
Mountain is a three-dimensional collage comprising hundreds of photographs of depicted landscapes from all over the world. Click here for more information on this work.
Lanko’s 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. Click here for more information on Operation Theatre of Common Inclinations.
For her newest series Pantheon one zero, Ola Lanko started an investigation into the origins of God’s personification. Looking at the features which Greek Gods had, such as eternal life, teleportation, prediction of events etc. they remind the directions that contemporary technology, social strategies and scientific experiments take. For more information on Pantheon one zero, click here.
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