Combining narrative genres such as the memoir and travelogue, Ellie Ga projects explore the limits of photographic documentation and span a variety of media, culminating in performances and installations.
Her work probes the distinctions between documentary and fiction, private and public histories, writing and visual inscriptions, and the still and moving image.
Ellie Ga’s projects are research intensive and often center on the artist’s role as interpreter within historical and scientific frameworks. During a residency at the New York’s Explorers Club, Ga developed Catalogue of the Lost (and other revelations) a series of installations and narratives focused on the missing pieces of 19th century Arctic exploration: lost places, people and geographic concepts. Fascinated with past explorers’ successes and failures to document ‘the unknown’, Ga set out to catalogue and archive the Arctic world by being the sole artist to join the scientific crew of the Tara for her Arctic expedition.
Among the works based on the expedition is The Fortunetellers, a performance combining live narration, imagery and sound to conjure up the humor, banality and poetry of daily life in the Arctic night.
Ellie Ga was born in New York in 1976. She received her MFA from Hunter College, New York and is a co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. In 2011, Ga had solo shows at Milliken Gallery, Stockholm; Bureau, New York and agnès b.’s Galerie du Jour, Paris and Hong Kong. Her performance The Fortunetellers has recently been performed at The Kitchen, New York; Printemps du Septembre, Toulouse; Playground Festival, Leuven; The Power Plant, Toronto; Fondation L’Entreprise Ricard, Paris. She is a recent recipient of a Mejan Residency research grant at the Royal College of Art in Stockholm and is currently developing a project with Grand Arts in Kansas City, US.