Urbat (she/her) studied photography and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and media art at the Karlsruhe University of Design, after working as a freelance journalist and co-founder of an internet label.
In 2020 she was nominated for the C/O Talent Award and in 2019 for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur. In 2018 she won the Bavarian State Art Prize for her outstanding curatorial achievements: From 2014-2019 she initiated and co-curated art space Edel Extra - Association for the Promotion of Aesthetic Processes. More than 100 exhibitions, events and performances were created there. This was honoured with a special prize: artists as curators, due to the unique and humorous interlinking of art and curatorial practice.
Also from 2014 she co-hosted 404.earth - a podcast driven by artistic research, that negotiates the social and cultural implications of technological progress. In 2018, she was artist in residence at the Petrohradska Kolektiv in Prague.
Her work has been published in System Magazine, Photonews Hamburg, Profifoto, Missy Magazine, VOGUE Germany, Salamé Magazine, Coeval Magazine and Top Magazin. Her participation in group exhibitions and video projections include the CFA Berlin, Haus der Kunst, Muffatwerke and the Galerie der Künstler:innen in Munich, Zeiss Großplanetarium in Berlin, the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, Kunstpalais, the 207 Gallery in Prague and a number of festivals.
Also is Urbat a member of international collective femalephotographers.org, which released their first publication „The Body Issue“ with Berlin publishing house Hatje Cantz in 2020. She has been working with artist Claudia Holzinger as HOLZINGERurbat since 2016 and is a member of the VJ team Prizesin Haralt. As a media artist, she creates spaces through video installations, projections and mappings and shows audiovisual performances at festivals and club nights.
Urbat works behind and in front of the camera, performative and interdisciplinary, to create situations in which photography or the concrete act as the main narrative. These generated situations are safer spaces in which a new, possible future can render – in her artistic practice she stages or falsifies the present. Formally, she makes use of contemporary aesthetics taken from subculture, pop and fashion. So to make it easier for the public to access these rooms. As a stylistic device, humor also plays a mediating role. Within her work she deals with sexuality and power, belonging, technology, politics and progress, whereby a queer-feminist attitude quickly becomes clear.