Kristina Õllek (b. 1989) is a visual artist based in Tallinn (EE). She is working in the field of photography, video and installation, with a focus on investigating representational processes, geological matter, aquatic ecology, and the human-made environments. In her practice she explores situations when fact and fiction, synthetic and natural, copy and original intertwine with each other and become a hybrid object/matter to obtain new and reconsidered meaning. Õllek is interested in stretching out the boundaries of what can be seen and used as an image and space, especially now in the age of rapidly developing and highly manipulative technology. Within her recent projects she’s been focusing on the notion of new technologies, the geopolitical and ecological conditions associated with them, and their influence on our current living environment. Her work is often site-sensitive and analyses the location and the format of exhibition-making, questioning the display and the politics of installation in a perspective of a historical museum to an online space and future archeology.
Kristina Õllek has graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts (Fine Arts, Photography, BA 2013, MA 2016), has complemented her studies in Berlin at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (2012) and in Rotterdam at Piet Zwart Institute (2016). She’s been the laureate of the Estonian Academy of Arts Young Artist Prize 2013 (BA) and 2016 (MA). Since 2013 she’s the co-founder and member of artist-run space Rundum. In 2019 Kristina Õllek received the Artproof production grant. Her works have recently been shown in various international group and solo exhibitions in Estonia and abroad.