Ursula Biemann was born in Zurich in 1955. She completed her artistic training in 1980-1981 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, in 1983-1984 at the Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel in Mexico and in 1984-1986 at the School of Visual Arts, New York, USA, where she studied with the art historian Benjamin Buchloh, among others, and from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1987-1988 she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP) in New York. From 1994 to 1998 she presided over the Shedhalle Zurich as director and curator. From 1998 to 1999 she was a guest lecturer at the école supérieure d'art visuel in Geneva, CH and in 2000 at the International Women's University Hannover/Hamburg in Germany. From 2000 to 2003 she taught at the School of Art and Design (HEAD) in Geneva, and from 2002 to 2014 she taught and researched at the Institute of Theory at the Zurich University of the Arts. In 2008, Umea Universtität, Sweden awarded her an honorary doctorate. In 2009 she was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize and in 2018 the Prix Thun for Art and Ethics. In 2022 she received the Art Prize of the City of Zurich. She is a member of the international media and artistic research project World of Matter, which addresses fundamental ecological questions. Ursula Biemann lives and works in Zurich, CH.