2021 edition
Passage Sainte-Croix
Ombres bleues et jaunes
Ulla von Brandenburg

Ulla von Brandenburg has created a body of work inspired by the theatre, its imagery and conventions. Through the notion of rituals, she invites visitors to take part in an immersive and renewed experience of the themes, forms, and motifs that run through her work – like movement, the stage, colour, music, and textiles, to name a few.

Taking cues from literature, psychology, and film, she stages space in a way that questions the relationships between illusion and reality, the audience and actors. She creates lavish works imbued with beauty and mystery that are adapted to each one of her exhibition spaces.

Using Passage Sainte-Croix for its primary function – i.e., as a pathway through one of Nantes’ oldest neighbourhoods – Ulla von Brandenburg transforms it by spreading her work throughout the arcade. The artist’s different media (videos, installations and sculptures) inhabit the passageway, unfolding as visitors walk through the exhibition.

Like different acts of a play, the artist divides this work into chapters, inviting visitors to contemplate them as they stroll through Passage Sainte-Croix.


Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974. She lives and works in Paris. She is represented by the gallery Art: Concept (Paris).