Nana Wolke (* 1994, Ljubljana) is an MFA student at Goldsmiths, University of London. She received her BFA with honors at the Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana and completed her last year of painting studies at Academy for Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana through an exchange at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig (class of Prof. Michael Riedel). Her work has been featured internationally, including 31. Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, SI (2016); G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, DE (2018); Kiribati National Museum and Cultural Centre, Tarawa, KI (2019); Winter Street Gallery, Edgartown, MA (2020); Shrine Gallery, New York City, NY (2021); and Bangkok Biennial, London pavilion, UK (2021); among others. She has been nominated for OHO Young Visual Arts Award (2018), Ljubljana, SI; HIX Award (2019), London, UK; Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2021); London, UK; and is a recipient of Ad Futura scholarship (2020). In 2021 her work will be featured amongst others at Proposition Studios and Daniel Benjamin Gallery, both in London, UK; as well as a part of Adorno Design, Copenhagen, DK.
The world around us lingers on the brittle line between plastic reality and authentic pretension — Disneyland and Hollywood, Pleasantville and the street you were born on, a fatal crash and a ride in a bumper car. Using a red hunting light, I restage moments both caught from the corner of my eye coupled with those borrowed from cinema and popular culture. Painting allows me to test the vantage point at which images are recalled and recorded, and in turn, realities recreated.