Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske


Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) and Ulla Juske (EST/IRE) met during their time as MFA students in NCAD and started collaborating in 2015. Since then the artist-duo have been using conversation as the generative ground for their multidisciplinary work, which uses storytelling, symbolism, staging and sound to produce a mood of absurdity, disquiet and unresolved suspense. Recently, the duo has completed a trilogy of works consisting of video installation, large-scale plywood structures, sound, construction materials and discarded mattresses and has been defined by the use of fictional characters: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs (Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, Artists Initiated Projects, 2018), Carrier of Memories (Dráiocht Inagural Commision, Blanchardstown, 2018) and 11.9 km Northwest of the City Centre (Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, funded by Culture Ireland, 2018).

image caption: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs 2018 HD video still 14

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